raccoons RACCOONS


Habit: Often establish dens in chimneys when their den trees are destroyed, and will seek new shelter under porches or decks. They occasionally damage newly laid lawns by pushing back sod in search of earthworms, white grubs, and other soil dwelling insects.

Diet: They are omnivorous eating fruits, nuts, grains, insects, frogs, crayfish, bird eggs, and anything else available. Raccoons do not really wash their food, but usually obtain their food from lakes and streams.

Reproduction: During the breeding season, February-March, females find a den. The male raccoon locates a female and, if she is willing, moves into her den for a short period of mating. After a 63 day gestation period, 2-7 young are born with their eyes shut, but their eyes open in about three weeks. Their mother cares for the young until the fall when they leave on their own.

Other: Raccoons are major carriers of rabies in Eastern and Northeastern US.

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