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Raccoon

Raccoons prefer living in forest areas near a water source like a stream.  

 

They will eat almost anything. They are partial to creatures found in water like crayfish, frogs, snails, and clams. They also eat insects, birds, eggs, fruits and nuts.  

 

They are not great hunters but will eat smaller animals.

 

For raccoons, dens are used for shelter and raising their young, which are born in late spring to early summer.  

 

The kits will remain in the den for about seven weeks. Between 8-10 weeks they will start to forage for themselves in the company of their mother. The kits will spend more time away from her, but will always return to the mother after a few nights. They will remain with the mother over winter and seek their own territories in the spring.  

 

The average lifespan for a raccoon in the wild is 2-3 years.