The raccoons’ name is in fact spelled two different ways: racoon and raccoon. It appears that it depends on which side of the pond (A.K.A. the Atlantic Ocean) you are on. Americans spell the word as raccoon, whereas the United Kingdom spells it racoon. As seen from the above statement, can be found in Canada, United States, Mexico, Finland, Germany and Russia. In actuality they are also found in all Europe, having been released by the Asians. They can also be located in each the rest of the world, each country/continent boasting its own species and subspecies.
The food chain is wide and diverse. However, they have also been proven to be carried off by bigger prey seekers such as owls and eagles. Unfortunately, the biggest threat known to raccoons is the car. In turn, raccoons feast on a variety of foods such as berries, acorns and leaves. Did you know they are omnivorous? They also feast on dragonfly larvae, clams, salamanders, frogs, snakes, grasshoppers, crickets, turtles (and their eggs), bird eggs as well as nestlings (baby birds) and fish. If you reside in the suburbs, you understand their buffet also includes garbage out of trash cans! In effect, I believe I can safely say they eat whatever they do not deem as poisonous!
Raccoons can make about 7 different sounds that at times can sound a bit like a puppy, and other times more like a kitty! Maybe those purring cat sounds you hear at night are actually raccoons instead! This is possible as raccoons tend to be nocturnal.
They have hand-like paws that are good for ripping things apart, much like we can with our fingers-which is why they can partake in a meal of crawfish or crab. However, they have their limitations as well. My mom once watched a raccoon reach into a hole to catch his prey. He apparently caught it, but as he tried to pull his fist out of the pit, it got stuck. He fought for a while trying to receive his fist out. Regrettably, he had to let his prey go so as to pull his hand from the hole!
Raccoons are also occasionally seen as pets. They are fun to watch and very entertaining. However, as a warning, they’re still considered wild animals and are feisty and unpredictable. They are not recommended as pets for anyone who have young children. Furthermore, they are illegal in many regions as pets so before considering this option, check with the game wardens or pet control department in your area.