The main characteristic of a raccoon is there mask of black fur that covers its eyes giving it a banded like face. Their hind legs are larger than their front legs which gives them a hunched appearance when they walk. They have front feet that is compared to a human’s that allows then to grasp items. An adult is medium in size and averages 24 – 38 inches in length weighing between 14-23 lbs. A male raccoon is called a boar and is slightly bigger than a female.
Raccoons can use many entry areas around your home to claim the space for its den. They only need 4 inches in diameter to enter. They can chew through shingles, aluminum and wood siding. These areas can include:
Holes in the soffit or fascia boards
Holes in the roof
Underneath a disclosed area
Raccoons are considered a vector species in which they are common to carry rabies. Their droppings can carry a parasite that can be fatal to humans and pets plus they can carry roundworms.
Raccoons prefer forest areas that are near a water source, but is drawn to urban areas because of the food that is supplied by people. They like to have dens that are very close to a water and food source.
Mating occurs as early as January and can last until June. The peak of mating season is March to April. The gestation period is within 60 - 75 days where up to 3 kits are born at a time. The kit will stay with its mother until the age of 13 months.
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