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Raccoons are very "hands on" animals.

They use their sense of touch to feel under logs, rocks, leaves, and in streams to find food. They play with some of their favorite foods like bugs, worms, and snails before eating it.

Some have said that Raccoons need to roll their food in water before eating because they have no salivary glands, but this is not true. They will eat anything and will even get into our garbage cans to find pizza crust and chicken bones, or whatever you may have thrown away. Because they eat anything such as plants and meat, they are "omnivores", meaning to "eat all".

Raccoons are nocturnal, so they hunt for food mainly at night. They love to sleep in the hollows of trees during the day and will keep their little cubs, or kits in these hollows or dens on the ground. Raccoons are active in summer and all winter too. If it gets very cold, or there is a bad winter storm raccoons can go into a short period of dormancy called "torpor", and use their stored fat for energy. It's not a true hibernation, because as soon as the winter storm is over, or it warms up a bit, the raccoons are active again.

Raccoons are often called "bandits" because they have what looks like a black mask over their eyes and face. They also have a striped or ringed tail which makes them a very interesting looking mammal.

Register today and join us as we learn about these wonderful animals at Hands-on-Habitat!

Debbie Beck

Fontenelle Forest

Debbie has been teaching people of all ages about Fontenelle Forest and its wonders for over 10 years. She was born and raised in Omaha and has always loved the natural world. Debbie has a B.S. in Biology and a M.S. in Geology. She truly enjoys sharing her love of nature with the preschoolers and parents who attend Hands-on-Habitat, and look forward to many fun times.   ...

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