Procyon cancrivorus

Author: Nessie O'Neil

Meet the Crab-Eating Raccoon

Crab-Eatingl Raccoon Classification

Class: Mammalia

Order: Carnivora

Family: Procyonidae

Genus and Species: Procyon cancrivorus

A photo of a crab-eating raccoon

Rad Raccoon Facts!

A photo of a crab-eating raccoon

Least Concern

7-20 lbs


9-12 inches at the shoulder

Unknown, but it can be assumed the lifespan of a crab-eating raccoon is similar to that of a common raccoon

2-3 years in the wild

up to 20 years in captivity

Crab-eating raccoons are native to Central and South America. Unlike common raccoons, this raccoon species is less likely to be found in human environments. Usually they are found ear water, and live most of their lives in trees. 

As their name suggestscrab-eating raccoons eat a diet of crab, lobster, crayfish, other crustaceans and shellfish. They are still omnivores though, so they will also eat eggs, fruits, and even small amphibians.

Crab-Eating Raccoons have evolved to fit their habitat

Crab-eating raccoons are native to Central and South America. They resemble the common raccoon with their bandit mask and ringed tail. Unlike the common raccoon though, the hair on the nape of the neck points towards the head, rather than backward. 

Crab-eating raccoons have adapted a more arboreal lifestyle than the common raccoon, with sharper, narrower claws. They also appear to have a more streamlined body than the common raccoon due to their shorter fur and more gracile build, although they are similar in size. 

Unlike common raccoons, crab eaters are less likely to be found in human environments. Usually they are found ear water, and live most of their lives in trees. 

Crab-eating raccoons will breed between July and September, and will have their kits in crevices, hollow trees, or abandoned nests from other animals. Like common raccoons, males have no part in raising their young. 

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