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Raccoons are mammals characterized by a distinctive bushy striped tail and a black “mask” around eyes. Despite their stocky body and relatively short front legs, they are excellent climbers and can even climb head-first down vertical surfaces, such as trees or buildings.
Raccoons prefer to live in forest areas in a close proximity to streams, ponds and other water sources. In fact, they are rather good swimmers and can stay in the water for a long time. This is also one of the reasons raccoons are often drawn to pools and have been caught by Maryland homeowners swimming (and even defecating) in residential pools. It’s not uncommon for raccoons to submerge their hands and even dip their food in water. Raccoon’s hands are very sensitive and are often used by the animal to “see” things in the dark and get more information about the item they are holding.
In the wild, raccoons feed on berries, fruit, seeds and nuts. They would eat plums, apples, acorns, as well as fish and turtle eggs or clams if they are next to a fresh water source. Additionally, they have been known to eat gray squirrels, mice, and baby birds. Corns and grapes are also one of their favorite meals. In urban environments, raccoons are not above rummaging through trash and would consume about anything edible thanks to they omnivorous nature.
Raccoons breed some time in late winter or spring, between January and March. Females only have one litter of 3-4 kits (baby raccoons). Males don’t usually participate in taking care of their young, and go on to mate with other females. Baby raccoons stay with their mother for about a year until they are old enough to forage on their own and she is ready to have another litter.
Raccoon roundworm is a parasite that is common in raccoons and spreads through contact with racoon’s feces. It doesn’t affect raccoon’s health, but it can be dangerous and even deadly if contracted by humans. Raccoon Roundworm is just one of the reasons why having raccoons in your attic, crawlspace and even in your yard could be a hazard to your health.
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