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Raccoons are about the size of a small dog and are most noted for their black mask and bushy ringed tail.  Most raccoons weigh 8-15 pounds.


Raccoons are common throughout the state and occur everywhere there are trees offering the cavities they often use.  They also tend to stay near a reliable source of water and are commonly found in urban areas.


Raccoons are amongst the most intelligent of Florida’s wildlife.  They feed on fruits, plant material, eggs, crustaceans, small animals, and even garbage.  They usually become active in the late afternoon and throughout the night, but may change this pattern according to food availability.

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