Genus and Species: Procyon lotor

Bandit-masked raccoons are a familiar sight just about everywhere, because they will eat just about anything. These nocturnal foragers use lightning-quick paws to grab crayfish, frogs, and other aquatic creatures. On land, they pluck mice and insects from their hiding places and raid nests for tasty eggs.

Native Habitat:
Raccoons are found in forests, marshes, prairies, and even in cities.

Fun fact:
Raccoons often place food in water before they start to eat it. They have highly sensitive sense of touch and water increases sensitivity even more. By touching the food they get better insight about things they will eat.

Conservation status:
Not Endangered

Around the world:
North America, Europe