General Raccoon Facts
Highly intelligent and very curious, raccoons are somewhat sociable, especially during mating season. They are nocturnal in nature and typically cause problems with homeowners during the warmer seasons, from May through September.
Raccoons average around 12" high and weigh anywhere from 15 - 48 pounds. In the wild, they have an average life span of 10 - 13 years. This small land mammal is extremely adaptable and has thrived in the suburban and urban areas.
Raccoons can be easily identified by the way they communicate with a variety of whimpers, whines, squeals, screams, and purrs.
While raccoons aren't true hibernators, they are considerably less active during cold months, sleeping for days or weeks at a time. During the month of January while female raccoons stay in their dens, males will travel looking for a mate.
Females usually give birth to 1 - 6 baby kits in April or May. These baby raccoons will stay with the mother until autumn and then go off on their own to find a hollow for winter. While the ideal den is a cavity in a large tree, raccoons will also use manmade structures such as attics, chimneys and the outsides of buildings.
Raccoons will typically eat anything they can get their paws on. However, they primarily dine on insects, nuts, worms, frogs, shellfish, eggs, snakes, and fruit.
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