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Raccoons are curious omnivores that enjoy the security of trees. Living with their parents, offspring, or bachelor groups, these mammals are nocturnal and have heightened senses. Ringtails are able to hear very quiet noises such as an earthworm digging underground. Their sense of touch is excellent underwater since their paws are more pliable when wet. Their sense of smell is keenly tuned to the scents of other raccoons. Although they are colorblind and have poor long distance vision, their other senses make up for this lack. These clever animals are able to figure out how to open locks as well as recall this task for up to three years. Possibly living up to twenty years and weighing approximately twenty pounds, raccoons are successful animals, eating almost anything, anywhere.
Fun Facts: Raccoons "wash" their food before they eat it by submerging it in water and removing unwanted pieces.