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Procyon lotor

Alright. So these guys are smart. They can remember complex tasks for over three years. They also eat everything.

The name “raccoon” was adopted into English from the native Algonquian root “ahrah-koon-em,” meaning “animal that scratches with its hands”.

Alternate Names: Trash Panda
Size:  Body length of 16 - 28 in, body weight of 11 - 57 lb.
Family: Procyonidae 
Habitat: Your trash can. Places you don't want it to be. Virtually everywhere (forests, country, suburbs, city). 
Identification: Extremely dexterous front paws, a facial "mask" of black fur around it's eyes and nose, and a ringed fuzzy tail.

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