Learning About the Crab-Eating Raccoon

There are three primary species of raccoon found all across the world. There is the Northern raccoon, also called the Common raccoon, the Cozumel Island raccoon, and the Crab-Eating raccoon. There are also a few subspecies of these raccoons; such as the Tres Marias raccoon, the Guadeloupe raccoon, and the Barbados raccoon. Each of these species are fascinating and fun to learn about, but in this blog, we will focus mainly on the Crab-Eating raccoon; and then, learn about the other raccoon species in later blogs! Continue reading to learn some interesting information about the Crab-Eating raccoon, and who to call for help dealing with nuisance raccoons on your property.

Procyon Cancrivorus

The Crab-Eating raccoon is formally known as Procyon Cancrivorus, its scientific name. They live near bodies of water in jungles mostly, or in marshy wetlands, all across Central and South America. Although named the “crab-eating” raccoon, they are not committed to eating just that. They have omnivorous diets that also consist of crustaceans, lobster, small amphibians, turtle eggs, and even fruit. They love to eat crabs though, whenever available to them!

As far as appearance goes, they look very similar to the Northern raccoon, but still differ in the slightest ways. They have the bushy striped tails and the bandit-like black mask, but the hair at the nape of their neck grows in a different direction than the common raccoon. Also, their claws are more narrow and sharper than that of their fellow specie. And as their name suggests, they are better adapted to eating hard-shelled foods, unlike the common raccoon. The Crab-Eating raccoon is smaller in body-size, and appear more slender as well. They can weigh anywhere from a few pounds to over 25 pounds, depending on age and gender.

They are also nocturnal, like all raccoon species. They hunt and search for food in the evening, and sleep during the daytime hours. They breed from mid-summer to early fall, and generally reproduce a litter of 2 to 6 pups. They are a rare and interesting specie of raccoon that loves their Caribbean lifestyle!

Raccoon Problems

For homeowners that experience nuisance raccoon problems, it is strongly suggested to contact a local Chicago Raccoon Removal service for safe and humane assistance. They provide a wide range of raccoon control services at fair and reasonable prices. The Northern raccoon is a common suburban nuisance for many home and property owners in the city. Raccoons should never be harmed or killed, but they can be relocated to a faraway and safe habitat by a professional animal removal service.

Chicago Raccoon Removal and Control

Call Windy City Wildlife at 491-773-8420 for information about safe and humane raccoon removal services in Chicago, Illinois. We are highly trained and DNR licensed animal control contractors with decades of experience in the raccoon control industry. We offer several services to prevent and remove raccoons from residential and commercial properties. We also offer 24 hour emergency service, free estimates, free advice, and free information about raccoon removal services, too. Call 491-773-8420 for affordable Chicago raccoon removal and control in Illinois, today.

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