Raccoons are common forest creatures that are often spotted in residential and commercial areas because they are clever and resourceful. They will go to great lengths to find food and shelter, even if that means they have to live among us! The raccoon species is a fascinating breed because of their intelligence and their human-like paws. Read on to learn more interesting facts about raccoons!
What is a Raccoon?
Raccoons are mammals and warm blooded. They are referred to scientifically as Procyon Lotor. They are covered in a thick gray-colored fur that keeps them cool in the heat and warm in cold weather. They are most recognizable by their striped tail and black “bandit-like” mask over their eyes. Raccoons, depending on the region of the world and their diet, can weigh anywhere from 8 to 20 pounds on average. Raccoons found in our neighborhoods are usually fatter because of the constant and easy access to residential garbage cans and dumpsters.
Diet, Life Expectancy, and Everything In between
Raccoons are nocturnal, meaning they live and stay active at night, and sleep during the day. They are also omnivores because they eat both plants and small animals as their primary food source. Raccoons prefer smaller animals like frogs, crayfish, hermit crabs, insects, and small fish. They are also attracted to eating fruits, nuts, and seeds.
Raccoons are clever and eager to find food. This makes their life expectancy higher than mammals their size because they are good at surviving, even in the harshest conditions. They are known to live up to 20 years in domestication! However, due to many environmental threats, like predators, destroyed habitat, and highways, raccoons in the wild live only 1-3 years.
Raccoon mothers give birth to baby raccoons called kits. They usually carry their litter for about 65 days, and give birth to 2 to 5 kits at a time. They live in dens and protect and feed their young there. This is a safe hideaway from predators, as mentioned before. By three or four months, the baby raccoons are ready to be weaned and venture out on their own.
For more information about raccoons, visit our Chicago Raccoon Control website anytime. You may also call one of our professionals in the industry at 773-491-8420. We are experts in the raccoon removal business and know everything there is to know about these fascinating creatures. Help us protect raccoons by calling us to remove them from your attics, roofs, and more. We use safe and humane methods to get rid of raccoons and prevent them from coming back.