What Does a Raccoon Do?

Raccoons are furry, funny, curious little mammals that spark the interest of many woodland property owners. In fact, some people find raccoons so appealing, they domesticate them as pets! When raccoon-lovers spot a raccoon, a surge if excitement rushes through them, lifting their spirits and charming even the stoic of them all. This is because raccoons are interesting to watch, from a faraway safe distance of course. Their curiosity and intelligence fascinate those who find raccoons an interesting breed of mammal. So when they finally disappear into the woods, we can’t help but feel a little disappointed, but more so, curious as to what they do when we are not looking. Continue reading to learn more about raccoon behavior and how they conduct their daily lives.

Raccoon Behavior

Raccoons are very intelligent, demonstrating human-like characteristics of curiosity and problem solving. But this is not learned behavior; instead, raccoons are bred with these types of qualities, traits, and natural behaviors. Below are some principle aspects of a raccoon’s life, and what behaviors they display in each.

Reproduction – Raccoons conceive in wintertime, usually later in the season. This way, their pups are born in the spring, when weather is warm and the survival-rate is much higher. They hide away and hibernate in warm dens or shelters through the winter, but remain active in all other seasons. Mothers generally reproduce one to six baby raccoons, on average. They are extremely protective of their offspring as well. Most raccoon attacks reported have been from instigating or scaring a mother raccoon typing to protect her young.

Social Habits – Once raccoons are 12 months old, they are no longer attached to their mother. They flee the coup, so to say, and become entirely independent. Although independent, raccoons remain in groups, up to five or six at a time, for protection against natural predators, and perhaps even companionship (although not proven). To communicate to one another, raccoons have a language of more than 200 sounds and 12 calls.

Activity – Raccoons are nocturnal, so they rest in the day and then hint for food at night. They eat everything from fruit and nuts, to small prey, fish, lizards, birds, and more. They are particularly fond of human food, which is why they tend to raid garbage cans on occasion. Because of overdevelopment, these mammals have lost a lot of their natural habitat, and are forced into our residential and urban areas for food and shelter. And for this reason, they are often deemed a nuisance animal in these areas. But not in the wild!

Abilities – Raccoons are not just very intelligent and exhibit curiosity and memory just as humans do, they are also quite good with their hands. Their paws are hyper-sensitive to touch, and also very agile and dexterous. They have human-like hands that allow them to grasp, clutch, hold, pry open, climb, and much more. They can undo latches, locks, door knobs, and more if the opportunity arises.

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