I’m sure you’ve heard about raccoons at some point; that’s why we’ll talk about everything related to raccoons in this article, since it’s known for its colors that are distributed in its body in a very peculiar way; besides, you’ll know for example what its habitat is, what this wild forest animal feeds on, how the raccoon reproduces and the physical characteristics of this fascinating wild animal.
Important characteristics of the Raccoon
The raccoon is an animal known for its peculiar color throughout its body, on the back its short coat is gray, but in certain places has black and white spots, for example, in his tail the black spots go in the form of a ring, and his small face has two spots around his eyes, which easily distinguishes them from other animals. Raccoons can weigh up to 15 kilos, as they are relatively small animals; even in some places, they have been mistaken for cats.
Raccoons are very agile and fast animals because they take full advantage of their front legs that have 5 fingers and claws, which use them to catch any object that attracts them quickly; they can even uncover closed containers, such as some doors, or even garbage containers.
Currently, three types of raccoons are distributed in various parts of the earth; although their appearance is tender, if the raccoon is endangered, it is wild and aggressive, so they are not very sociable with the human species. They love to sleep during the day, so at night is when they go out and make their mischiefs.
Raccoons are omnivorous animals, that is, they feed on whatever they can get, be it vegetation or meat. It should be noted that in terms of vegetation, they love to eat fruits, such as grapes, cherries, nuts, acorns, among others. As for meats, their favorite food is frogs, crabs, and fish, even the eggs of birds.
Raccoons are spotless animals, and it is essential to note that they wash their food, in this case, the frogs before eating them, because some may produce some poison, so they especially wash their food. When they lack food, they go to the nearest garbage bins to look for food.
Raccoons live mainly in forests, especially near rivers. Since humans have populated their areas of residence, raccoons have learned to live with the human race in some way; and in some ways, it has been very profitable for them, as they go to their garbage in search of more food when it is not so easy. The raccoons are excellent climbing animals, due to their fascinating claws in the front legs, also have a great sense of smell, and this helps them to survive.
Reproduction of the raccoon
Raccoons usually have their offspring in the summer season, specifically while it is starting. Once they are born, they live approximately 12 weeks with their mother; once that time has elapsed, they begin to leave their burrows during the nights, until they reach sufficient maturity (which would be at 12 months or so) and there they go entirely, since they are entirely independent and can defend themselves by themselves.
They are animals that many times have been in danger of extinction, due to the predominant hunting that they have had for years; because the people that kill them for sport often sell their skin in the black markets with costly prices.
Also, as the raccoons are very uneasy animals, high quantity of them has died because some vehicle runs over them; nevertheless, sometimes they go in search of new experience and end up lost, which has caused that many of them die by malnutrition.
The curious fact about the raccoons
Because raccoons are so aggressive, professionals recommend keeping them a little away from human life; in fact, they recommend not having them as pets; the reason is because the raccoon carries and transmits intestinal worms, as well as rabies and transmits leptospirosis, which is a hazardous infection that mainly affects the respiratory system, giving fever and seriously affecting some organs, so it can be deadly.
Given these characteristics, although man has helped the raccoons survive without so much suffering. He also keeps to himself by taking the necessary measures not to get sick.