Raccoons: 10 Intriguing Things to Know

They live in rural and urban regions in varied temperatures across the Americas and are highly adaptable. 

1. Named for their unusual hands. As anybody who has had a garden, cooler, or garbage 

can broken into knows, raccoons have some of the most nimble hands.

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Their unique paws were initially noticed by Native Americans.

Racoon derives from the Powhatan term aroughcun, meaning “animal that scratches with its hands.” 

2. They vary widely. Three Procyon species live worldwide.

The most famous is Procyon lotor, the American raccoon.

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