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North American Raccoon
( Scientific Name: Procyon lotor )

The most distinctive feature of the raccoon is the black mask found around the eyes. The raccoon’s thick layer of fur keeps it warm during cold winters.

Raccoons have five toes on both their front and hind feet, which give the animal more stability when running and climbing. The underside of a raccoon’s feet are bare-soled and flat, which makes the raccoon waddle rather than walk. The larger back feet of the raccoon give it more power when running and help the animal balance when the front feet are in use.

Raccoons have 40 teeth, including four long and sharp canine teeth. Raccoons are known for their unique habit of washing their food when they are close to water; however, they won’t pass up a tasty treat if there is no water around to wash it in.


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