What Does a Raccoon Skull Look Like?

July 16, 2023
David Sunnyside

The raccoon (Procyon lotor) is the largest member of the Procyonidae family and is most famous for its black “bandit mask” around its eyes and black rings on its tail. They are omnivorous and are found in North America, Central America and parts of South America. They are known as scavengers and are considered to be an important part of ecosystems.

The mouth on a raccoon skull is often helpful in identifying the species. Raccoons have forty teeth with low-crowned molars designed for crushing rather than shearing like other canines. They also have a larger auditory bulla than other canines, but smaller than that of a fox skull.

Raccoons are smart and have been able to remember solutions for complex problems for as long as three years. This is evidenced by their ability to find food, shelter and water in even the most inhospitable of environments.

These raccoon skulls are a byproduct of pest control and would have been discarded. They are glued at the jaw hinge but can be unsealed with isopropyl rubbing alcohol. These skulls are not museum quality but are perfect for crafting and making jewelry.

Raccoons are known for their adaptability and can be found in a variety of habitats, from rainforest to urban areas. They are opportunistic omnivores and will eat almost anything, from fruits and nuts to small animals and garbage. They are known to wash their food, perhaps replacing an old behavior of catching aquatic prey or simply enjoying the sensation of running water on their sensitive fingers.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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