1. The scientific name of the common raccoon of North America is Procyon lotor.
2. Raccoons are nocturnal, which means they sleep during the day.
3. Raccoons are omnivorous, which means they will eat both vegetable and animal foods. Their diet consists of arthropods, rodents, frogs, berries, fruit, and other plant materials. They are also fond of cat food.
4. When possible, raccoons like to make their home in a hollow tree.
5. Raccoons do not hibernate, but they do sleep for extended periods during cold weather. They are easily awaken during these long naps.
6. A litter of raccoons is usually three or four babies. The gestation period for raccoons is 60-73 days. Baby raccoons are weaned when they are about two months old. The mother raccoon continues to care for her babies for about a year.
7. Raccoons are curious rascals and have been known to scavenge through garbage cans and even sneak into houses through pet doors.
Please do not attempt to pet or catch a wild raccoon. An adult raccoon can become quite ferocious if cornered or frightened. Enjoy their magnificent beauty and comical personalities through a window. If you must shoot a raccoon, please use a camera.