Raccoon, Procyon lotor


Short description of Procyon lotor, Raccoon

The northern raccoon is a grey animal, about the size of a large cat, with distinctive dark eye-patches and a thick furry tail with a series of black rings.  They like to feed in water or to douse their food in water before eating.

Description of Procyon lotor, Raccoon status in GB

Raccoons are not established in GB but occasionally escape from collections.  Some have been at large for up to four years, and a female once gave birth to cubs in the wild.  There is a risk that this species may become established and invasive, if releases continue.

Habitat summary: Procyon lotor, Raccoon

The natural habitat includes woodland near water, but the species is adaptable and often occurs in urban areas

Overview table

Environment: Terrestrial
Species status: Non-Native
Native range: Mexico, Belize, Alberta, British Columbia, Labrador, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Yukon, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, El Salvador
Functional type: Omnivore
Status in England: Non-Native
Status in Scotland: Non-Native
Status in Wales: Non-Native
Location of first record: ?
Date of first record: 1970

Distribution map

GB Distribution from NBN Atlas

Author's name:

John Marchant

Last updated:

October 4th 2019

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