The name is a little misleading… Its diet is by no means limited to crabs, but extends to numerous crustaceans, together with a large variety of other bits and pieces. Amphibians, insects, fish, eggs and fruits are all part of this omnivores diet.
The Crab-eating Raccoon is solitary and nocturnal. Appearance wise, it resembles its northern neighbour, the Common Raccoon, in having a bushy ringed tail and “bandit mask” of fur around its eyes. However, its life and ecology has not nearly been as well documented. There is a lot that we do not know about this animal, and most of what we know comes from captive/zoo studies.
Although it is largely terrestrial it appears to be better adapted to an arboreal life than the Common Raccoon. Sharp, narrow claws allow it to clamber up into the treetops.
Compared to the Common Raccoon, which thrives in urban environments and adapts quickly to the presence of humans, the Crab-eating Raccoon adapts less easily and is much less likely to be found in human environments. From what I have seen it is also shy, unlike the Common Raccoon which has nearly become a pest in numerous parts of North America
Males have no part in raising young, and while attending to young, females will become much more territorial and will not tolerate other raccoons around them.
Baby raccoons are called kits. Between 2 and 7 kits are born between July and September each year.
Written, filmed and photographed by Adam Bannister