The raccoon (Procyon lotor) is native to North America. This omnivorous mammal is generally nocturnal and best known for its distinctive "bandit's mask," a brown or black streak that surrounds the eyes, and its bushy ringed tail. The most important sense for a raccoon is touch. Its hands are extremely sensitive and contain vibrissae, or specialized hairs, which allow the raccoon to identify objects even before touching them. Raccoon litters general have two to five kits. Lifespan can range from one to four years in the wild; up to twenty years in captivity.