WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY – BIG CYPRESS WMA, FL
This photograph of a raccoon up a tree was taken at Big Cypress NWR off I-75 (Alligator Alley) using an Olympus 3040-z camera.
The raccoon (Procyon lotor), sometimes spelled as racoon, also known as the common raccoon, North American raccoon, northern raccoon and colloquially as coon, is a medium-sized mammal native to North America.
With a body length of 16.1–28.0 inches and a weight of 7.9–19.8 lb, the raccoon is the largest procyonid. The dense underfur, which insulates against cold weather, accounts for almost 90% of the raccoon’s grayish coat. Two of its most distinctive features are its extremely dexterous front paws and its facial mask, which are also themes in the mythology of several Native American tribes. Raccoons are also noted for their intelligence; studies have shown that they are able to remember the solution to tasks up to three years later. Raccoons are omnivorous and usually nocturnal; their diet consists of about 40% invertebrates, 33% plant foods, and 27% vertebrates.
Though previously thought to be solitary, there is now evidence that raccoons engage in gender-specific social behaviors. Related females often share a common area, while unrelated males live together in groups of up to four animals to maintain their positions against foreign males during the mating season and other potential invaders.
16 Thoughts to “Raccoon at Big Cypress NWR”
I’m very impressed with your photos.
Love your photo
Excellent photo Alan S. Hochman
Hi I love that Raccoon picture, I have a drawing of a raccoon that was given to me years ago by a neighbor I grew up with that was an artist and I admired this raccoon drawing most of my childhood, so when I see raccoon pics I have a soft spot!
The greatest joy of a photographer is to have someone look at their pix and smile!
Racoons are one of my all time favorite creatures!
Thank you so much for sharing the image.
Additionally, I appreciate the added educational facts.
Thank you! btw…Love your site!
This is my favorite picture; this is the one I want!
Hi Harrison, If that is the one you want, then that is the one you will get! lol I’ll print it out, sign and date the back of the photo and send it to you! Hope you have a very Merry Christmas.
Great photo. Do you only photograph in Florida?
Great pix of raccon ‘infact great pixs on page,
good work keep it up, if this dont make peope smile, it made me smile. thanks.
Wow Alan. Great photo
Wow Alan, you did it again! Do you ever take a dull pic? Brilliant mate and the expression is priceless. I am just in love with your work Alan, you’re the ace. Good luck and God bless ya. Tony
Nice photo in a beautiful tree.
I like to see raccoons. Unfortunately, where I live I’ve never seen one walking around, given their nocturnal nature, though we see them often enough as roadkill. It seems as though they are expanding their territory northward here, so perhaps one of these days I’ll find one going about it’s business.
Great photo. They are lovely up trees, but a real pain when they invade the trash!