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Raccoon

Description: Raccoon - predatory mammal genus raccoons raccoon family. Raccoon growth of a cat. The body length of 45-60 cm, tail 20-25 cm; weight 5-9 kg. Weight adult can reach 15-16 kg, while an average of 6-7 kg, and males are always heavier than females. The only representative of the family of raccoon, who falls asleep for the winter. Sleep shallow, intermittent. In Canada, it continues 4-5 months, in the southern regions raccoon often sleeps at all. In large hollows in the winter is going sometimes up to 10 individuals. The female brings 3-7 cubs who receive their sight on 18-20 day. In August and September, at the age of 4-5 months, the young raccoons become independent, but sometimes brood remains with the mother until the winter. Females reach sexual maturity at one year of age. Life expectancy in the wild raccoon can reach 20-21 years, but on average, they live no more than 5-6 years. In captivity, the raccoon lives about 16 years.

Food: Raccoon is omnivorous. The main animal feed raccoon - insects and frogs, rarely reptiles (snakes, lizards), crayfish and crabs, fish, rodents, and birds' eggs. Vegetable diet consists of berries, acorns, nuts and fruits.

Habitat: Homeland raccoon is Central and North America. Today it can be found in many countries in Europe, Asia and even in the Far East of Russia.

Interesting fact: In the mouth, the raccoon is located up to 42 teeth. Raccoon tail has from 5 to 7 transverse rings of darker color. In case of danger, raccoons can run, a top speed of 30km / h. Raccoon can "to rinse" on his lunch hour in a manic desire to wash in water, its prey.

Feeding time at the zoo: 16:30