Explore our wide variety of animal facts and learn some fun trivia about our friends in the animal kingdom.
Fun Raccoon Facts for Kids
Check out our range of fun raccoon facts for kids. Learn what they look like, where they live, what they eat, how long they live and much more. Read on for all kinds of interesting information about raccoons!
- Raccoons are mammals native to North America, easily recognizable by their ringed tail and the black and white fur on their faces that makes it look like they are wearing a dark mask.
- They can also be found in Asia and Europe after being introduced in the 1900s.
- There are over 20 subspecies of raccoon, each with their own unique characteristics. Some can reach 70 cm (2.3 ft) in length and weigh as much as 26 kg (57 lb).
- Raccoons are usually omnivores, eating a range of plants and animals such as fruit, nuts, insects, fish and eggs.
- They are mostly active at night (nocturnal) but will sometimes look for food during the day.
- Raccoons can stand on their back legs and inspect objects with their nimble front paws.
- Raccoon paws have five digits and they are very sensitive to touch.
- Raccoons have widened their habitat over time to include forests, marshes, mountains and even urban areas, where they are sometimes considered pests.
- Raccoons are thought to be intelligent and even have a reputation for being a bit mischievous.
- Newborn raccoons are known as kits (or cubs).
- Raccoons in the wild only live for a few years on average.