· Raccoons have gray fur with a black mask and black rings around its tail.
· raccoons have 5 toes on their front paws that act much like the hands of a human.
· Since raccoons are nocturnal animals they are primarily seen at night.
· If a raccoon is spotted out during the day then the raccoon is either sick with a disease, injured or in seek of a food source not available at night.
· The average lifespan of raccoons in the wild is 2 to 3 years. In captivity a raccoon can live for as long as 20 years.
· Raccoons are native to Tennessee and most of North America.
What do raccoons eat?
· Being omnivores, raccoons are great hunters and foragers.
· It has been found that a raccoon’s diet consists of about 33% plant food, 40% invertebrates and 27% vertebrates
· Raccoons will seek out and catch rats, crayfish, birds, snakes, frogs and eat the eggs of any animal.
· Fruits and plants are also an important part of a raccoon’s diet.
· Garbage cans are a great source of food for raccoons and the raccoons will make a mess while they search through them.
· Raccoons are actually very clean creatures and wash their food in streams, ponds and swimming pools.
Raccoons in the Attic?
· In urban environments raccoons have adapted to living in man-made structures.
· When raccoons get in the attic of a home or business, they build their nests using the attic for shelter.
· Raccoons also live under decks, under sheds, under mobile homes, and in garages.
· When you have raccoons in the attic or any other part of your propriety, they can do a tremendous amount of damage.
· Raccoons also leave urine and feces on the drywall and over time can weaken it to the point the raccoons can fall through the ceiling into the home or business.