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Age: 11 years
Birthday: June 17th
Favorite Food: Fruit
Favorite Activity: Sleeping
Habitat/Range: Racoons are found in North America. Their original habitat consisted of mixed and deciduous forest; however, now they are common urban residents, or pests.
Behavior: Racoons are very intelligent mammals. Research has shown they are able to remember tasks completed three years prior! They are omnivores and will eat just about anything (e.g. eggs, fish, rodents, plants, fruits, grain, anything raided from garbage cans). Racoons live in sex-specific social groups of up to four individuals. They are mainly nocturnal.
Breeding: Mating occurs between January and March (later in northern climates) with babies (kits) born in the spring. Females have a gestation period of 63 to 65 days and give birth to 2 to 5 young. Males take no part in child rearing, and females separate themselves from other racoons during this times as they can be aggressive towards kits that are not their own. Kits are born completely blind, deaf and helpless. After 6 to 9 weeks, kits begin to explore outside of their dens. They are fully weaned by about 16 weeks.
Conservation: Listing: Least concern. Due to urbanization, racoon populations have expanded to include human modified landscapes. They are widespread from Canada to Panama.