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Raccoon

The raccoon (/rəˈkn/ or US: /ræˈkn/ ( listen), Procyon lotor), sometimes spelled racoon, also known as the common raccoon, North American raccoon, northern raccoon and colloquially as coon, is a medium-sized mammal native to North America. The raccoon is the largest of the procyonid family, having a body length of and a body weight of . Its grayish coat mostly consists of dense underfur which insulates it against cold weather. Two of the raccoon's most distinctive features are its extremely dexterous front paws and its facial mask, which are themes in the mythologies of the indigenous peoples of the Americas. Raccoons are noted for their intelligence, with studies showing that they are able to remember the solution to tasks for up to three years. The diet of the omnivorous raccoon, which is usually nocturnal, consists of about 40% invertebrates, 33% plant foods, and 27% vertebrates.

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Raccoon Riding an Alligator

This raccoon is just awesome! Taken at Ocala National Forest in Florida by Richard Jones

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This guy is brave!! The end is priceless.

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Raccoons can range in coloring. This guy actually isn't an albino (if it was, his nose and eyes would be pink). Nope, this guy is a blonde raccoon, not often sighted but quite pretty to look at.

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