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
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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