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    The Crab-eating Raccoon (Procyon cancrivorus) is a species of raccoon native to marshy and jungle areas of Central and South America (including Trinidad and Tobago). It is found from Costa Rica south through most areas of South America east of the Andes down to northern Argentina and Uruguay.
    Its range overlaps with that of Common Raccoons (Procyon lotor) in Costa Rica and Panama.
    The Crab-eating raccoon is almost always found near streams, lakes and rivers.
    That it is called the Crab-eating Raccoon does not mean that only this species will eat crabs, as the common raccoon will also seek and eat crabs where they are available. The Crab-eating Raccoon eats crab, lobster, and other crustaceans, but is an omnivore and its diet also includes, for example, small amphibians, turtle eggs, and fruits.
    It resembles its northern cousin, the Common Raccoon, in having a bushy ringed tail and "bandit mask" of fur around its eyes. The Crab-eating Raccoon appears smaller and more streamlined than the Common Raccoon due to its much shorter fur, though it is of roughly similar dimensions.
    Head and body length is 45 to 65 cm, tail length is 25 to 42 cm, height at the shoulder is about 23 cm, and weights range from 3 to 9 kg. Males are usually larger than the females.
    Coloration is grayish to nearly black above with a reddish or brownish tinge.
    This picture was taken in Zoo Parc Overloon, zoo in Overloon, the Netherlands.
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    De krabbenetende wasbeer (Procyon cancrivorus) is een roofdier uit de familie kleine beren (Procyonidae) dat voorkomt van Costa Rica in Midden-Amerika tot aan de Rio de la Plata in Uruguay en Noord-Argentinië in Zuid-Amerika. Ze worden ook wel raccoon, mapache of mapachín genoemd.
    Ze worden (kop-romp) 45 tot 65 cm lang, met een staart van 25 tot 42 cm. De schouderhoogte is ongeveer 23 cm. Ze wegen 3 tot 9 kg. De mannetjes zijn meestal groter dan de vrouwtjes.
    De vacht van de krabbenetende wasbeer is kort, dicht en roodbruin tot donkergrijs van kleur. De buik en de keel zijn lichter gekleurd. Net als de noordelijke neef, de bekendere gewone wasbeer (Procyon lotor) uit Noord- en Midden-Amerika, heeft ook deze soort een zwart masker rondom de ogen en een geringde staart. De krabbenetende wasbeer is echter slanker gebouwd en hij heeft ook langere poten, kleinere oren, en een kortere en ruigere pels.
    De krabbenetende wasbeer bewoont kustgebieden, mangrovebossen, zoetwatermoerassen en bosgebieden, vrijwel altijd in de buurt van water. In Costa Rica en Panama, waar de krabbenetende wasbeer samen voorkomt met de gewone wasbeer, leeft de gewone wasbeer vooral in mangrovebossen, terwijl de krabbenetende wasbeer vooral voorkomt in de zoetwatergebieden.
    De naam krabbenetende wasbeer doet vermoeden dat dit dier alleen of vooral krabben eten. Dat is niet juist. Op het menu van de krabbenetende wasbeer staan kikkers, weekdieren, schaaldieren zoals krabben, garnalen en kreeften, maar ook eieren, vruchten en zaden.
    Deze foto is gemaakt in Zoo Parc Overloon bij Overloon in Noord-Brabant.

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    All rights reserved. Copyright © Martien Uiterweerd. All my images are protected under international authors copyright laws and may not be downloaded, reproduced, copied, transmitted or manipulated without my written explicit permission.
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