Raccoon is a small bear-like nocturnal mammal and are found in North America. These are very intelligent creatures; however can cause nuisance in residential areas. They usually invade human property in search of food and while doing so, can cause great damage. Here we have shared a few interesting facts about raccoons:
1. The average size of a raccoon measures between 40 to 70 cm. The tail of a raccoon makes more than 50% of their total length. They can be easily recognized by the bandit-like eye mask marking around their eyes.
2. Raccoons are omnivore. That means, from meat to plants, they eat almost everything. In the wild, the raccoons mostly get their food from water bodies as they are expert in hunting small fishes and frogs. In the land, they usually feed on insects, bird eggs, mice, fruits and nuts. They always wash their food in water before consuming. If they don’t find water nearby, they rub it before eating.
3. Their front paw is one of the best features of their body. It consists of 5 fingers and resembles a human hand. With their front paw, they can hunt with lightning speed, untie knots, open latches and pick up things with ease.
4. The average lie span of a raccoon in the wild is pretty short (about 2-3 years) because of deaths due to hunting and other accidents. Otherwise, on an average, a raccoon can live up to 16 years. Their lifespan is better in captivity than in the wild.
5. The gestation period of a female raccoon is 63 days. After which she gives birth to 1-7 babies at a time. They reproduce only once a year, during the springs. The babies do not have the eye mask or rings in the tail during birth. The mother is very protective of the babies and does not allow the father to come near the babies.
6. For their habitat, raccoons prefer wooded areas where they have access to trees, vegetation, and water. They make homes in the hollow part of the trees or even occupy abandoned burrows. They can travel up to 18 miles every day in search of food.
7. These are extremely adaptable animals and can adapt to almost any climate. These are also found in urban and suburban areas and usually make homes in attics, sewers, and sheds. These can cause significant damage to your property. In case you are looking for raccoon removal services in Toronto, then call us. We can help you get rid of raccoons. Call us at 416-410-2786 or 416-740-7707.
8. Raccoons are nocturnal animals. They are usually active during spring, summer and fall. During the winters, they sleep in their den.
9. Raccoons use 200 different sounds to communicate with each other. They have almost 12 to 15 different types of calls for communication.
10. Raccoons can spread several diseases in humans. Raccoon feces and urine can cause diseases such as roundworm, leptospirosis, salmonella. Raccoon bites can transmit rabies to your pets.
These facts will help you get an idea about raccoons and understand their nature.