Scientific name: Nyctereutes procyonoides
Family name: Canidae
Group Name: Pack
IUCN status: Least concern
Lifespan (in wild): 6-11 years
Weight: 3-10kg depending on season
Body length: Around 50-65cm (plus a 13-18cm tail)
Top speed: 25mph
Diet: Omnivore: insects, rodents, amphibians, birds, fish, reptiles, mollusks, carrion, and insectivores, as well as fruits, nuts, and berries.
Range: Naturally the racoon dog was found throughout Japan, North Korea, Vietnam and China. Now though they are extinct in many areas of China.
Released into the USSR throughout the 1920s-1950s. This program has proven to be extremely successful in establishing this species as an invasive species across much of Europe and Russia. They are now present throughout Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Serbia, France, Romania, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Sweden, Norway and Denmark.