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Classification Order

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Subphylum: Vertebrata

Class: Mammalia

Order: Carnivora

Genus: Procyon

Species: lotor

Evolutionary Relationships

Raccoons are closely related to bears, and dogs, and then cats. They are in the order, Carnivora of which cats, dogs, and bears are all a part.


Types of Diet: what they eat

Raccoons are omnivores

Raccoons are omnivores which means that they will eat just about anything. They will eat fruits, vegetables, nuts, fish, insects, and even some small rodents. When they live near a city or town, raccoons can be found digging through trash cans or dumpsters to find these types of food.

Social Interactions

Raccoons mate any time between January, and March. They do not mate for life though. Four to five months after their birth, the baby raccoons, or "kits," leave their mothers to live their own solitary lives alone. It is uncommon for raccoons to live in the same nest as other raccoons, although sometimes, a male raccoon will live with several other female raccoons.

How they move

Raccoons, like most mammals, move in a variety of ways. They walk on four paws, and are good climbers. They can also swim, even though they are reluctant to do so unless they can feel the bottom of the lake or body of water.

Who are the Predators an how they Protect Themselves

Feral dogs, coyotes, and human hunters are some of the main predators of raccoons. When they are full grown adults, raccoons are very great, savage fighters. They use their teeth and claws to tear at their predator's flesh.

Size and Weight

The size and weight of Raccoons, like many other mammals can vary a lot depending on the gender, and geographic location of the animal. They usually are between twelve and twenty-two pounds. The length of an average raccoon can range from anywhere between 24 to 38 inches.