This Procyon lotor is clearly showing its disgust at having blown its 15 minutes of fame.

This Procyon lotor clearly shows its disgust at having blown its 15 minutes of fame.

The Raccoon (Procyon lotor) is today’s furry visitor to Wild Open Eye’s blog. Raccoons are a commonly seen creature in Louisiana, near the water, in the woods, in subdivisions. One time we were lucky enough to see one swimming and then it crawled straight up a tall tree. Today, the raccoon doesn’t impart any secrets about its personal life, but just wanders through quickly, perhaps in search of crawfish.

The raccoon’s dark patches around its eyes are there to help it stand out, according to the National Wildlife Federation.
I never noticed the black and white patches on the back of their ears before.
Their black and white patches and striped tails help them stand out in the tall grass…
…or when they’re crawling up into your roof!
In case you weren’t expecting guests, Havahart humane traps and peanut butter work a charm in relocating them to the nearest bayou.

The German name for the raccoon, an invasive species in Europe, is called Waschbär. That means wash-bear. Originally, raccoons were classified by Linnaeus as bears, so I guess they’re not too far off with their extraordinarily cute name (sorry, I can’t help it; it’s adorable).

And why “wash”? When raccoons eat, they like to get a good feel of what they’re eating, says Paws.org. Maybe it’s apart of really enjoying their supper. And they do have salivary glands. Thanks for clearing that rumor up, HowStuffWorks.com.

But I know this for certain, my Mama doesn’t like raccoons and their creepy hands and all that “food washing” business so I’ll hush up in case she’s reading this. 😉