Raccoon Photo by Michael Marish

Scientific Name: Procyon lotor

The raccoon is the most abundant and widespread medium-sized omnivore in North America.
  • Size: Weight: 6.5 to 20 pounds; Head to body length: 18 to 28 inches; Tail length: 8 to 12 inches
  • Diet: Opportunistic, finding food on the ground, in trees, streams and trash cans
  • Habitat: Highly adaptable, able to live in cities, suburbs, rural and wilderness
  • Range in the Wild: Southern Canada, throughout most of the United States and into northern South America; introduced to parts of Europe and Asia and are now widely distributed there

Conservation Status

Listed as Least Concern. Since the 20th century their populations have grown and range expanded.

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