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The raccoon, sometimes known as the common raccoon to differentiate it from other species, is a medium-sized North American mammal. It is the biggest member of the procyonid family, measuring 40 to 70 cm (16 to 28 in) in length and weighing 5 to 26 kg (11 to 57 lb). Its grey coat is primarily made up of thick underfur that protects it from the cold. Three of the raccoon’s most distinguishing characteristics are its very dexterous front paws, its face mask, and its ringed tail, all of which are motifs in indigenous peoples’ myths about the animal.

Raccoons are known for their intelligence, with studies showing that they can recall task solutions for at least three years. It is generally nocturnal and omnivorous, consuming around 40% invertebrates, 33% plants, and 27% vertebrates.

Raccoons originated in deciduous and mixed woods, but owing to their flexibility, they have expanded their range to include hilly regions, coastal marshes, and urban areas, where they are considered pests by some homeowners. Raccoons have already spread over much of continental Europe, the Caucasus, and Japan as a result of escapes and planned imports in the mid-20th century.

Raccoons are now known to engage in sex-specific social activity, despite previously being considered to be primarily solitary. In order to protect their places against foreign males during the mating season and other possible intruders, connected females frequently share a common territory, whereas unrelated males dwell in groups of up to four raccoons.

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Females’ home ranges in cities range from 3 hectares (7.4 acres) to 5,000 hectares (12,000 acres) for men in the plains. In the spring, two to five young, called as “kits,” are born after a 65-day gestation period. The kits are then reared by their mother until late October, when they are dispersed. Raccoons in captivity have been reported to live for over 20 years, yet in the wild, they only survive for 1.8 to 3.1 years. Hunting and vehicle injuries are the two most prevalent causes of mortality in many places.

The common raccoon, North American raccoon, and northern raccoon are all names for the same species. The word “raccoon” was derived from a native Powhatan phrase that meant “beast that scrapes with its hands” and was used in the Colony of Virginia.

It has also been identified as a reflex of a Proto-Algonquian root ahrah-koon-em, meaning “one who rubs, scrubs, and scratches with its hands.” It was recorded as aroughcun on John Smith’s list of Powhatan words, and as arathkone on William Strachey’s list.

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