Raccoons are native to North and South America.
They are nocturnal or active at night.
They are omnivores and will eat almost anything.
Raccoons are good climbers and swimmers.
Their mask reduces glare and enhances night vision.
They weigh between 12 and 35 lb.
Their body is 12" to 28" long.
Raccoons have few natural enemies.
Mating takes place in winter.
Litters average from 2 to 7 babies.
Baby raccoons are called "kits."
Raccoons do not hibernate, but may sleep several days during cold weather.
They are curious animals.
Their sense of touch and smell help them find food.
Raccoons should not be kept as pets.
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