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drchoneydew Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 38 N: 475] (3501)
Who doesn't love viewing a raccoon? Never had a bad encounter tho I hear they can be quite ferocious if they have a brood they need to defend. An adaptable feeder, they will eat almost anything! Fish, mice, insects, stolen eggs, and human trash. They usually "wash" their food, rapidly dunking it in water before eating.

Females have one to seven cubs in early summer. The young often spend the first two months or so of their lives high in a tree hole. Later, mother and children move to the ground when the cubs begin to explore on their own.

Raccoon's in the northern parts of their range gorge themselves in spring and summer to store up body fat. They then spend much of the winter asleep in a den. There are six other species of raccoons, in addition to the familiar northern (North American) raccoon. Most other species live on tropical islands.

On one trek in the wetlands came across this little one foraging near a canal. Also caught other specimens; alligators with their young, Ibis and rabbits to name a few. Yes I wrote a blog about it so please, feel free to check it out and see the habitat of where this mammal was captured. And of course more thoughts and other species displayed.

Again thank you for all your comments! Really look fwd to the responses!!

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drchoneydew Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 38 N: 475] (3501)
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Edited by:tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)

added a little contrast to bring out natural colors of fur