General Information

Raccoons – Habitat

Raccoons are found in woodlands near water. The species inhabits the whole of North America, yet populations are scarce in cold climates. Raccoons can live in plains, wetlands, and forests. One can see these wild animals in hollow trees that serve them as dens. They also have liking for rock cracks and caves. The Raccoon is a frequent sight in abandoned buildings and other animals’ borrows. They are also common visitors in gardens around the country.

Source: Northwest Outdoor Photography

Northwest Outdoor Photography

Raccoons are highly adaptable animals. Despite the urban growth, the species continues to inhabit the continent with large population numbers reported. In some areas, the Raccoon has to face management means. The species is often a nuisance for farmers. It damages cornfields, melon patches, and other agriculture areas.

Raccoons – Distribution

There are six species of the Raccoon. They occur in North, Central, and South America. Some species are found on the Caribbean Islands. Native to Americas, the Raccoon was introduced to European countries in the 1930s. The species spread across the territory of the former Soviet Union, Germany, France, and other countries.

Home ranges of the species depend on habitat, food supply, and other factors. In rural areas, the Raccoon’s home range is about 1-4 sq km. In prairies, the species is not so abundant. Sometimes, a home range of a Raccoon is about 50 sq km. As a rule, Raccoons are not strictly territorial animals. Their home ranges overlap often especially in densely populated areas.

Raccoons – Feeding Habits

The Raccoon feeds on a variety of plants and animals. The species is omnivore. Raccoons eat corn, fruits, and crayfish. Generally, choice in food items is greatly predetermined by season. In spring, Raccoons feed mostly on animals including insects. They prefer crayfish, yet squirrels, rabbits, and other products also make up their diet. In summer, when a variety of fruits are available, Raccoons feed on berries, nuts, and other plants.

Fall months are very important for the species. Raccoons have to feed intensively to gain fat necessary to live on during winter. They consume corn, beechnuts, and grapes. The Raccoon accumulates fat around the body including the tailbone. In urban areas, Raccoons made use of garbage and domestic eggs.

Raccoons – General Information Links

Animal Diversity Web – Raccoons – Peruse a fact sheet on this nocturnal animal, which can be found throughout North and South America. Take a look at its skeletal structures.

Biogeography of Raccoon (Procyon lotor) – Description of species, habitat, natural history, evolution, and distribution.

Common Raccoon – General information on the species and Raccoons as pets.

Gable’s Raccoon World – Extensive information and resources on: care, feeding, rehabbing baby Raccoons; photographs; Raccoon rabies, roundworm and distemper; pest problems; Raccoon screensaver, wallpaper and coloring book; scientific, fun facts, and common myths.

Mammals of Texas – Common Raccoon – View a photo and gather facts about this mammal’s diet, reproduction, and habitat.

MSN Encarta – Raccoons – Read this reference article describing the physical characteristics and behavior of this mammal. And, see the selected Web link.

Trädgårdsvä skadedjur – Website about raccoons and other garden pests in sweden.

Nature of New England – Raccoons – Presents a photo of this mammal and offers links to facts about its physical characteristics, range, and behavior.

Nebraska Wildlife – Raccoons – Description, habitat, distribution, feeding behavior, and reproduction.

Procyon lotor – Raccoons – Geographic range, physical characteristics, natural history, and other comments.

Procyon lotor (Raccoon) – Geographic range, food habits, reproduction

Raccoon – Wild Facts – North Dakota wildlife resource offers an overview of the cagey creature. Get a physical description, learn its life history, or see its tracks.

Raccoon (Procyon lotor) – What are Raccoons? What do they eat? How do they nurse their babies? You will find answers to these questions by visiting this page.

Raccoon (Procyon lotor) Guide – Brief information about the species including its physical characteristics and habits.

Raccoon Description – Information on the Raccoon such as description, habitat, and range.

Raccoon Information – Raccoons are large mammals, most often seen dead on roadsides or at night going through garbage cans. Learn more about them.

Raccoon Outline – Description and behavior characteristics.

Raccoon Overview – The common Raccoon Procyon lotor is probably best known for its mischievous-looking facemask. Discover species appearance, habitat, and behavior.

Raccoon Tracks – Natural history of Raccoons, personal notes on Raccoons, and Raccoon track gallery.

Raccoons – NC State University – Read about the habitat requirements needed by Raccoons in captivity and about the needs of the animals in the wild.

Raccoons – Wikipedia – Visit this page to educate your self about the species.

Raccoons as Pets – They are a pet that requires a lot of attention (to keep them out of trouble?), but if given the right environment they are lots of fun to keep.

Raccoons, Vertebrate Zoology – Reveals the anatomy, classification, distribution, diet, and facts of the nocturnal mammal. Read on coatimundi, cocomistle, kinkajou, red panda, and chordata.

Ringtail Ring: Raccoons – Web-ring of sites about Raccoons.

Species Ecology – Raccoons (Procyon lotor) – The Raccoon is a member of the family Procyonidae and is distinguished by its black facial mask and ringed tail. Information on habitat and feeding requirements.

Species: Procyon lotor – Life span, physical functions, communication, diet, and seasonal activities.

The Raccoon at the UAMZ [ Teens/Mature Teens ] – Description of Raccoons with an explanation of the meaning of their scientific name.

The World Wide Raccoon Web [ Teens/Mature Teens ] – An online resource for anyone interested in Raccoons (Procyon lotor). Contains stories, facts and information, a bibliography of Raccoon literature, and a library of Raccoon images and sounds.

Wild Texas: Raccoons (Procyon lotor) – Distribution and habits of Raccoons.

Wildlife of the Alligator River: Raccoons – Raccoons (Procyon lotor) are best known for their distinctive black masks and nimble fingers.

WildWNC: Raccoons – Habitat and habits, description of the Raccoon, and other information.