Raccoon

Ring-tailed Raccoon, Racoon

Family: Procyonidae Raccoon Picture: quot;Rufus"Raccoon "Rufus"Procyon lotor
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HELLO EVERYONE I HAVE A PET RACOON NAMED SABRINA WHO IS TURNING ONE YR OLD ON MARCH 31.  I HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH RESCUE AND REHABILITATION RELEASE CENTERS AND... (more)  Garcia Alina

   Here is a raccoon up past his bedtime! This younster couldn't keep still, climbed all over everybody and was constantly "checking things out"!

   Racoons are a pet that requires a lot of attention (to keep them out of trouble?), but if given the right environment are lots of fun to keep. They are extremely smart, active, and curious animals. Please read some of the reader comments to get an idea of what problems can be encountered before considering taking on a raccoon as a pet!

   Since wild raccoons have adapted to suburban and urban environments, they are considered a pest by many people. Most states have regulations concerning ownership of racoons so check to make sure you meet all the requirements before you seek one out.

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Geographic Distribution
Procyon lotor
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  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Chordata
  • Class: Mammalia
  • Order: Carnivora
  • Family: Procyonidae
  • Genus: Procyon
  • Species: lotor
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Scientific name:

Procyon lotor
Common North American Raccoon

Background:


   Raccoons range throughout the United States, actually they range from southern Canada to the Panama. They are fond of areas near water in piney forests and broadleaf woodlands.

Description:

   The raccoon is a medium sized mammal about the size of a small to medium sized dog. They will grow to about 30 inches long including a bushy 10 inch long tail, and will reach 25-45 lbs. as adults. They have a long pointy snout, large eyes and ears, five digits on each foot and a ringed tail.
   The name 'Ring-tailed Raccoon' describes them by one of their very distinctive markings, a ringed tail. They are also recognized by their familiar black ‘mask’, giving this wily animal an almost comical look. Their course fur is a mixture of gray, brown, and black.

Environment:

   In the wild, the the raccoon will have a den built in a hollow tree. Usually an outdoor area at least 4'x4' with a source of running water is needed. If kept in the house they are readily box trained and are similar to keeping a cat or dog except you will probably have to put childproof latches on your cupboards and drawers!

Care and feeding:

   Provide lots of water (if not running water) every day as they have a curious habit of washing their food before they eat it. Raccoons are omnivorous. In nature they eat various small animals, fish, frogs. molluscs, and fruits.
   In captivity, most people feed them a ferret diet, cat food, and table scraps (they will eat just about anything). See about foods for ferrets here. Besides offering them their natural diet they will also eat vegetables, crayfish, crabs, insects, and they love eggs.

Social Behaviors:

   In their natural habitat they do not exhibit aggressive behavior, but males will defend territories. They are generally solitary animals except during breeding season. We have found no information on keeping several raccoons together so we assume that unless you are keeping a family, it is probably best to keep individuals separate in captivity.

Dr. Jungle says...."these guys are packed full of energy!"
Raccoon Pictures of "Rufus" and "Dufus"
Photo @ Animal-World
Courtesy David Brough

"Rufus" and "Dufus"

   These two young racoons, Rufus and Dufus, are both males and are 5 months old in these photos. They are about 15 lbs. now but will reach 25-45 lbs. as adults.

   As babies they were bottle fed with a puppy feeding formula - Esbilac, and powdered goats' milk. Weaning began at 8 weeks and took 2 weeks to complete. Science diet cat food blended to a pudding-like consistency was also used.

 

Handling and Training:


   The cunning Raccoon is easily tamed, and makes a pleasant 'monkey-like' pet. It should be noted however, that though young raccoons make entertaining pets, many become surly, rough and even vicious as they approach sexual maturity.

Activities - Exercise and Play:


   Raccoons are nocturnal, but are sometimes active during the day. They are a mammal that is known for their inquisitiveness. Besides being very curious and active, they are expert climbers. They will thoroughly enjoy some excercise time where they can explore in areas that are both high and low.

   Make sure that your raccoon's designated play areas are properly "raccoon-proofed", not only to prevent damage to the area but to reduce the chances of him injuring himself during play.

Breeding/Reproduction:

   Raccoons' breeding season is from late winter through early spring. Females give birth from April to June and have an average litter of three or four babies. The pups remain in their birth den until they are about seven weeks old, at which point the mother moves them to a series of alternate dens.
   In some parts of the country, young raccoons spend their first winter with their mothers, but it is just as common for them to leave the mother in the late fall of their first year.

Ailments/Treatments:


   As with all animals, raccoons can become ill or hurt. You can do your best to avoid this by taking good care of your pet. Make sure he gets proper nutrition, grooming, and exercise. This will keep your raccoon in the best of conditions and reduce the chances of him getting sick.
I   f your raccoon endures serious injuries such as back injuries, severe bleeding, broken bones, or poisoning, it should be taken to a veterinarian.

Availability:

   Most states have regulations concerning ownership of raccoons so check to make sure you meet all the requirements before you seek one out, your pet store can help you with this.
   Be sure to check your state and local restrictions before acquiring a raccoon.

Author: David Brough. CFS.
Lastest Animal Stories on Pet Racoon


Garcia Alina - 2013-03-16
HELLO EVERYONE I HAVE A PET RACOON NAMED SABRINA WHO IS TURNING ONE YR OLD ON MARCH 31.  I HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH RESCUE AND REHABILITATION RELEASE CENTERS AND HAD AQUIRED MINE WHEN SHE WAS FOUND ON HER MOM AT 5 WEEKS OLD. RACOONS ARE VERY SMART OPURTUNIST MEANING IF THEY SEE IT AND WANT SOMETHING THEY WILL GET IT.  WHEN FINDING BABBIES ESPECIALLY NEWBORNS REMEMBER THEY CANOT GO TO THE POTTY U MUST STIMULATE THEM TO GO POTTY THIS CAN BE DONE WITH A Q TIP AND THE BEST MILK IS PUPPY MILK.ESIBILAC AND KMR ARE GOOD NBRANDS TO USE. NO HOUSE MILK IT CAN CONSTAPATE AND KILL YOUR BABBIES.  ALSO STIMULATE BABBIES UNDER 3 WEEKS OLD TO GO EVERY 3 HOURS TO POTTY. IF NOT DONE THE BLADDER WILL RUPTURE.  RACOONS LOVE ATTENTION AND WHEN BABBIES CAN BE AN ATTENTION HOG. MINE WAS. I AM CURRENTLY WORKIG TO GET THE PERMITS NEC TO OPEN MY OWN REHAB AND RELEASE CENTER FOR ORPHANED AND INJ WILDLIFE. I LOVE MY JOB AND RESPONSABILITIES AND WILL ALWAYS. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS REG RACOON CARE OR ANY OTHER ???? PLEASE EMAIL ME AT HOPEFORDOLPHINS@YAHOO.COM

  • Lenny - 2017-09-13
    Hello! I found a baby and raised it, got it on people food and puppy food, grapes and many other things... I had it in a big cage and taught it to go in the litter box...she is 4 or 5 months old, 3 days ago I let her go up a tree and she only comes half way down and goes way up high to the very top... Do you think she will come back? I put out food and water, she knows me BUT! she seems afraid to come done the straight tall tree from 25to 30 feet then goes back up...The tree is right by my house and raising her from a bottle and acting like her mom do you think she will come back to me....shes been up in the tree 3 to 4 days now eating leaves and bark....If she gets hungry or thursty do you think she will come down? AND its gonna rain will that tempt her to come home and out of the weather.... Please get back to me with any answers My e-mail is lenmirandy5@aol.com Thanks for your time and cooperation, I miss her so much....
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Roman - 2017-06-20
I'm interested in purchasing a baby raccoon. I live in Chicago area. If you have any information, please reply to my email.

  • Ben Judy - 2017-09-03
    Raccoons are illegal as pets in Cook County (I live there too) and any vet that is found treating an illegal pet can have their license taken away. You probably can have one if you live outside of Cook County, but please double check the laws. If animal control finds out about an illegal pet, it will probably be euthanized and biopsied for rabies testing.
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William Boudreau - 2017-08-09
Need someone to take a2 day old.

  • Lisa Ullenbruch - 2017-08-13
    Did you find someone to take your newborn raccoon?
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Nicki - 2012-11-11
I am looking for a good home for a wonderful little raccoon. She is completely tamed and loves dogs and people. My friend who has raised her has recipe toy had a special needs child and would like to re home the raccon to where she can get more attention. Any info anyone could give me would be very appreciated.

  • bell city girl - 2012-11-26
    i might be interested in your raccoon if it is still available.I have had a raccoon in the past i just love them. My old raccoon Bandit we let go last summer.please let me know if you still have him.
  • Clarice Brough - 2012-11-26
    You'll need to put some contact information in your post...
  • Melissa Immel - 2012-12-08
    I have a 5 month old male and I love him so much. He stays in the house with a cat & 3 dogs. They play all the time. The dogs go out in the daytime and he goes too when I go out with him. I would love to have a female too so he can have a companion.
  • William Boudreau - 2017-08-09
    I found a 1 day old raccoon in my garage with three momma. Live in Gainsville Georgia
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Roman - 2017-06-20
I'm interested in purchasing a baby raccoon. I live in Chicago area. If you have any information, please reply to my email.

  • Ben Judy - 2017-09-03
    Raccoons are illegal as pets in Cook County (I live there too) and any vet that is found treating an illegal pet can have their license taken away. You probably can have one if you live outside of Cook County, but please double check the laws. If animal control finds out about an illegal pet, it will probably be euthanized and biopsied for rabies testing.
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William Boudreau - 2017-08-09
Need someone to take a2 day old.

  • Lisa Ullenbruch - 2017-08-13
    Did you find someone to take your newborn raccoon?
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Nicki - 2012-11-11
I am looking for a good home for a wonderful little raccoon. She is completely tamed and loves dogs and people. My friend who has raised her has recipe toy had a special needs child and would like to re home the raccon to where she can get more attention. Any info anyone could give me would be very appreciated.

  • bell city girl - 2012-11-26
    i might be interested in your raccoon if it is still available.I have had a raccoon in the past i just love them. My old raccoon Bandit we let go last summer.please let me know if you still have him.
  • Clarice Brough - 2012-11-26
    You'll need to put some contact information in your post...
  • Melissa Immel - 2012-12-08
    I have a 5 month old male and I love him so much. He stays in the house with a cat & 3 dogs. They play all the time. The dogs go out in the daytime and he goes too when I go out with him. I would love to have a female too so he can have a companion.
  • William Boudreau - 2017-08-09
    I found a 1 day old raccoon in my garage with three momma. Live in Gainsville Georgia
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Danna - 2012-09-09
If anyone needs a home for a raccoon i would love to offer a home. We have raised them before. We live on 3 acres in eastern nc on the water. I have rehabbed deer, squirrel and raccoons. Email dczesak@gmail.com or text 9102645900

  • ABW - 2012-09-18
    I have a friend with a young female raccoon that she saved. It's beautiful and has been given the utmost of respect in quality care. If interested, please email me and I will pass along your info to her.
  • michelle - 2015-11-04
    6m old female, sweet and playful. Needs home help
  • Sara Melsha - 2016-06-01
    Hi I have recently rescued 4 baby coins after our friend shot their mother not know she had babies. They raise fox but I am interested in talking to you about domestacating them and was wondering if I could ask you some questions. There is one that is super nice last night it slept in my NECK for hours even though its a male and not the runt or the female it's super nice and would like to keep it as a pet and my boyfriend wants to at least keep the female. One also hurt his foot and walked on it wrong but it now looks better. Just wanting to talk get some advice and tips and tricks. Thank you email me if you are willing to talk.
  • Sandy - 2016-07-30
    Wish you lived closer. A baby coon approximatly 6 to 7 weeks old showed up and approached us. Climbed right up my husbands leg. We watched to see if we seen other coons around throughout the day. The little guy did not want to leave us. Tonight he is in my garage to keep him safe. I fed him kmr kitten replacement formula. Hoping to sit outside tomorrow to watvh him run around a bit and try to decide what we should do. He is a sweet little guy.
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