Creature Features

Description                                                                                                                                                                                             Gray fur with a black mask and 4 to 7 black rings around its tail; pointy snout with a black nose; dexterous front paws.

Diet                                                                                                                                                                                                        Raccoons are omnivorous with an opportunistic diet; eating almost anything they can get their paws on. They will eat small birds, eggs, fish, shellfish, frogs, fruit, insects, nuts, seeds and snakes

Reproduction                                                                                                                                                                                      Mating season takes place in late winter. Females, or sows, usually give birth to 1 to 6 baby kits in April or May. Mothers are very protective of their young until they separate after about a year.

Activity                                                                                                                                                                                           Nocturnal in nature, raccoons are mostly active at nighttime. They are active in spring, summer and fall, and will sleep in their dens for most of the winter. Although they move slowly, with a shuffle walk, they can reach speeds of 15 mph on the ground. Raccoons climb with agility and can withstand a drop of 35 feet from a tree.

Fun Facts

  • Group Name: Nursery or gaze                                                      
  •  Scientific Name: Procyon lotor
  • Conservation Status: Least concern
  •  Lifespan: 2-3 years in the wild. Up to 20 years in captivity.
  •  Body Length: 2-5 ft
  • Weight: 4 to 23 pounds
  • Gestation: 60 days
  •  Number of Young: 3 to 6 kits
  •  Habitat: Prefer wooded areas with access to trees, water and abundant vegetation
  • Distribution: Native to North America and can be found throughout the United States

Did You Know? 

  • Raccoons communicate with each other using over 200 different sounds and 12 to 15 different calls.
  •  Raccoons possess amazing dexterity that gives them the ability to open doors, jars, bottles and latches. They are also great climbers, which allows them to better access food and shelter.