Scientific name: Nyctereutes procyonoides

Family name: Canidae

Classification: Mammal

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.

Habitat: Forest

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.