Over the next few days I plan to share about the raccoon family, starting with the familiar Raccoon. My first up close and personal view of a raccoon was the one my 9th grade biology teacher had. He introduced the raccoon to us by showing us the muddy paw prints left on his white shirt. Of course, then we were dying to see the raccoon in person and the teacher obliged.
Did you know raccoons are also called Northern Raccoon, Common Raccoon, Washer Bear or Coon? The farther north they live in North America the larger they tend to be. Raccoons in Southern Florida are the smallest.