The Ultimate Raccoon Quiz
by Staff
The raccoon is a small furry animal that appears in many of the folk tales of the southern United States. Take this quiz and see what's behind the black mask of this cunning creature.

Where can the raccoon be found?

  • Europe
  • Northern Hemisphere
  • Western Hemisphere

What is the most distinctive feature of the raccoon?

  • black "mask"
  • long bushy tail
  • black fur

How long is the raccoon?

  • 20 to 24 inches (51 to 61 cm)
  • 25 to 30 inches (64 to 89 cm)
  • 32 to 40 inches (81 to 101 cm)

What is the weight of an adult raccoon?

  • 60 pounds (27 kg)
  • 50 pounds (22.7 kg)
  • 40 pounds (18 kg)

What color is the guard hair of the fur?

  • shades of gray
  • yellowish brown
  • black

What is unusual about its tail?

  • long and hairless
  • black rings
  • yellow stripes

What makes a raccoon look bigger than it really is?

  • its upright stance
  • its broad shoulders
  • its thick fur

In what respect are raccoons regarded as pests to farmers?

  • eat poultry, grain and fruit
  • scare the cows
  • chase household pets

Is there any way they can be of benefit to a farmer?

  • naturally fertilize cabbage patches
  • keep the guard dogs alert
  • rid the farm of rats and mice

How many young are there usually in a raccoon's litter?

  • one to three
  • three to six
  • six to eight

What is the life expectancy of the raccoon?

  • 10 to 12
  • 12 to 14
  • 15 to 17

What is a coon-skin cap?

  • It's a reference to the shape of the fur on a raccoon's head.
  • It refers to the way a raccoon strangles poultry before eating it.
  • It is a raccoon fur hat worn by the American pioneers.

Who is the worst enemy of the raccoon?

  • owls
  • hunters
  • coyotes

How can raccoons escape enemies they cannot outrun?

  • release a toxic odor
  • burrow under rocks
  • climb a tree

How is the crab-eating raccoon different from the North American raccoon?

  • They spend a lot of time in the water.
  • They don't climb trees.
  • Their tails have red and brown rings.

There are small concentrations of raccoons in certain parts of Europe. How did they get there?

  • Raccoons are believed to have stowed away in crates of fruit shipped to Europe
  • Raccoons were taken to Europe to be put in zoos or to be bred for fur.
  • Some raccoons were trapped in trees that were shipped to European lumber mills.

How does a raccoon build a home?

  • It uses rocks and branches to fashion a shelter.
  • It burrows into the ground to create a den.
  • It looks for empty places to move into.

What is special about the forepaws of a raccoon?

  • The toes are long and act like fingers.
  • The toes have long sharp claws used for hunting and self defense
  • The raccoon walks on its toes

Are raccoons fussy eaters?

  • They prefer grain, fruit or poultry.
  • They only eat fish or small animals
  • Not at all, they eat almost anything and are scavengers.

How social are raccoons?

  • Raccoons always hunt in packs.
  • They are loners
  • The females are loners while the males hang out together.