Raccoons are nocturnal mammals in the genus Procyon of the Procyonidae family. Raccoons are unusual for their thumbs, which (though not opposable) enable them to open many closed containers (such as garbage cans) and doors. They are intelligent omnivores with a reputation for being clever and mischievous. Raccoons range from 50 to 100 cm in length (including the tail) and weigh between 4.5 and 16 kg. The raccoon's tail ranges from 20 to 40 cm in length. Male raccoons are generally larger than females.
There are three species of raccoon. The most widespread is the Common Raccoon (P. lotor), which has a natural range of North America, and has been introduced to Continental Europe. Raccoons can live in the city or in the wild
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