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Raccoon
Procyon lotor

The raccoon, being nocturnal (active at night) is most often seen as flattened fauna (road kill).  One night we were wakened by noises in a loquat tree outside our window.  These pictures were taken through the open window, some at a distance of less than 2 meters.  Raccoons have adapted well to suburban life.

This picture was taken with infrared light (Night Shot).  In nocturnal animals, a reflective layer behind the retina reflects light back out of the eye (like the glass beads on reflectorized signs) making it "glow in the dark".  Making the light pass through the retina twice means the raccoon can see better we can in dim light.










He observed us intently as I video taped, but showed no fear.  For this picture I turned on the light on the camera.  Compare the picture made with infrared light to this one made with visible light.











Soon the raccoon went back to foraging for loquats and ignored us.













A raccoon left a clear trail in this dusty area.













Clear prints of fore paws.













Prints of hind feet.













Raccoon scat.  Raccoons scratch up a pile of loose dirt, like a cat, but a much larger pile.  I often find these piles under my tangelo tree .











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