|Copyright: Alli Hemingway (annagrace)
|Date Taken: 1993-10|
|Camera: Nikon EM, Kodak Gold 200|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2005-09-26 16:49|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|This photo was taken on Cumberland Island, Georgia. Cumberland Island is a national seashore. No buildings or vehicles are allowed on the island except, of course, when John F. Kennedy Jr. married Carolyn Bessett! LOL!! It is a wonderful habitat for wild horses which were left by the Spaniards, all types of birds, opposums, racoons and small rodents. There are also feral pigs and deer. I was walking on the beach when I came upon these racoons. The small palms behind them are called palmettos and are a vital part of the habitat of the maritime forest on the island.|
The racoon (Pryocyon lotor) is a reddish-brown above and black or greyish below. The most prominent characteristics are the bushy tail with 4-6 black or brown rings and the black mask outlined in white. The ears are small and the feet and forepaws are dexterous.
Distribution - This animal is native to the southern part of the Canadian provinces and most of the United States. It is most common along stream edges, open forests and coastal marshes where it is pictured here.
Biology - The raccoon inhabits hollow trees and logs for homes and often use the ground burrows of other animals for raising their young or for sleeping during the coldest part of the winter months. An average of 4-5 young are born in April-May; the mother at first carries them by the nape of the neck like a cat; they are weaned by late summer. Omnivorous, it feeds on grapes, nuts, grubs, crickets, small mammals, birds' eggs and nestlings. Often seen washing their food, the raccoon is actually feeling for matter that should be rejected as the wetting of the paws enhances its sense of feel. Winter is the raccoons greatest enemy when food is scarce.
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