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All About Raccoons - Facts


Raccoons are at the very top of the list of critters out to destroy your vegetable garden. Even if you do not have a garden, nuisance raccoons may find their way to your trash cans, curbside garbage, or bird feeders.  Found throughout North America, raccoons are a problem for home owners all over the US and Canada. 


You’ll find lots of useful information about raccoons on this site. You’ll likely discover a few interesting facts about raccoons that you probably didn’t know. Learn how raccoons communicate, how and where they live and what they eat. The more you know about these pesky creatures, the better your chances of preventing raccoon nuisance on your property! 







General Raccoon Facts

Critter Library - Raccoon general 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.






Raccoon Communication


Raccoons can be easily identified by the way they communicate with a variety of whimpers, whines, squeals, screams, and purrs.






Raccoon Habits


While raccoons aren't true hibernators, they are considerably Critter Library - Raccoon habitsless 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.






Critter Library - Raccoon diet - nuts


Raccoon Diet


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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