The Limon region on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica is home to two species of raccoon: the common raccoon (Procyon lotor) and the crab-eating raccoon (Procyon cancrivorus).
These furry creatures are known for their playful and mischievous nature, but they're also an important part of the local ecosystem.
The crab-eating raccoon is more common in the area due to its affinity for coastal habitats. It's a medium-sized mammal with grayish-brown fur and distinctive white markings around its eyes.
As its name suggests, it feeds primarily on crabs and other small marine animals, but it's also known to eat fruit, insects, and small mammals.
Despite their adorable appearance, it's important to exercise caution and keep a safe distance from raccoons as they can transmit diseases to humans and cause damage to property.
In Limon, it's important to keep all food securely stored and dispose of trash properly to avoid attracting raccoons.
Despite their quirks and potential dangers, raccoons are an important part of the local ecosystem in Puerto Viejo. They help control the populations of small animals like crabs and insects, and they're an important food source for predators like jaguars and ocelots.
Overall, if you're visiting Puerto Viejo, keep an eye out for these curious creatures, but be sure to give them their space and never feed them.
With a little caution and respect, you can enjoy the playful antics of these mischievous raccoons while staying safe and respecting the local ecosystem.
Photo credit: Allanbrito Viajero