The female raccoons are smaller than their male counterparts, the young ones are called kits. The most peculiar and interesting difference between wild and city raccoon is that in the wild raccoon has a lifespan of about 2-3 years only, however in captivity they can survive for almost 20 years! Raccoon is omnivorous by nature and they tend to eat at every opportunity, their favorite diet consist of plants, fruits, berries, nuts, eggs, frogs, rodents etc. Perhaps this is what lures the raccoon to the easy access of food in the from of garbage bins, sheds and gardens, no wonder then, why the raccoon is raiding your
The wild raccoon live in burrows or cavities they mostly emerge at night or dusk to hunt for food. They originally lived in tropics along riverbanks. They however over a period of time they moved up North Raccoon have very successfully changed or rather expanded their diet In the city or urban areas the raccoon seem to survive well due to the abundance and variety of human food that is available to it. The range and size of a raccoon home is directly dependent on the food supply that is available.
They are a very adaptive species, in winter and in adverse condition the raccoon tends to stay put in their dens for 3-4 weeks or more. If you are trying to raccoon proof your home a study of their behavior is a good thing. It is a matter of great importance that the raccoon is out of your premises rather than locked in as they may cause havoc and damage to your home in this case you should call the professionals. There are many companies that offer raccoon removal services by raccooncontrol.ca. Pick one that offers humane services.
Some more facts:
Raccoons are fast and can catch up speeds up to 15 miles per hour. Raccoons are great swimmers and manage to stay under water for many hours. They are found all over North America they also have made their presence even in Japan, Russia and Germany.
Though the Raccoon may give you nightmares, especially if it’s you garden or shed they are raiding. However with little patience and understanding and observation of the Raccoon can take steps to preserve this animal and at the same time prevent its entry to your home.