I am extremely interested in buying a Holland Lop Dwarf bunny for my daughters. but I have had no luck in locating a breeder near me in abq, nm. Does anyone happen to know of someone near me? stephanie
Have several flying squirrels in Tennessee! Contact me if interested. Claralene Duvall
Male and female flying squirrels to rehome. Located in Jacksonville, FL. Will not ship. Melissa
Could your please let me know if you have a dwarf hotot male bunny for sale? We recently lost our bunny who was almost 14 years old. I want to get one for my husband's birthday, which is in two weeks if possible. Thank you, Debi Debi
I am a vet tech and recently lost my pet squirrel. Would love another one. I have hand raised and syringe fed new borns before or an adult squirrel would also be loved. Please contact me if you are trying to home a grey squirrel. Thanks. Cassidy
Looking for the youngest Southern flying squirrel possible sister-in-law was given one by guest at my restaurant was injured when it was given to her only live two weeks never seen her more devastated willing to negotiate prices Greg
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!"
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.
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.
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.
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.
Marsha - 2017-01-05 So, I am looking for someone to give advice with experiences. I have a pet raccoon that lives indoors. He is part of the family and hangs out with the cat and dogs. He is about 9 months old. I would really like to make him less nocturnal... not sure if this is possible. Errrrrr.... these nights are VERY long.... anyone like to share??
Annalia - 2016-06-14 My baby raccoon is sick! He is 6-7 weeks old and stopped eating the other day after throwing up. He got better yesterday and ate like normal. However, today he is sick again... He is not eating and throwing up again as well as being weak and a bit skinny from being sick the other day. I am giving him pedialyte (or however you spell it) and have started him on Panacur in case it is the parasite like a vet told me it could be. He hasn't thrown it up and maybe this will help him, but I would love it if anyone has advice or has been through this before. Also, he does not have any symptoms besides the lack of appetite, sleeping more, throwing up, and faster than normal breathing. I believe he has a fever but am not certain. He does not have diarrhea by the way. Thank you.
Allison - 2007-06-17 I do not encourage having a pet Racoon, I have seen many Racoons SUFFER in cages! (And have let many back yard caged Racoons lose to their road to freedom) These are wild animals and 99% of the people who get them wish they never have. Wild animals belong in the wild. To anyone thinking of getting a baby Racoon..think again and get a Bunny. Leave the Racoons that are injured or orphaned to the licenced wildlife Rehabilitators. It is cruel and inhumane keeping a Racoon in a cage Period!
katie nightstocker - 2016-10-16 I would have to agree if I was in a cage I would not like it eat her I have a house I live in and never in a cage I do get into things at times mainly cause I want attention I don't climb on stuff or get in to much long as I got food water and a clean litter box I'm a good girl
Sabrina - 2016-11-04 Dude, if you ever came on my property and attempted to let any of my pets loose, you would be shot and charged with trespassing. How does it feel to know that those raccoons you realeased to their "road to freedom" you actually let loose to their road to DEATH. Wild raccoons live 2-5 years, in captivity they live 15-20. And they can live VERY HAPPY lives in captivity with attention, food, toys, and safety. People like you are what's wrong with the world. You think you're doing something good and have no clue you are actually hurting the animal you think you are "helping". Educate yourself before you unwillingly kill another animal. My raccoon is a very happy animal and when given the opportunity to leave, he doesn't! Imagine that.
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 email@example.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.
penny strong - 2012-07-03 I have a baby raccoon that was found alone under a car 6 weeks ago. She is about 7 weeks old..She lives in our house but with many dogs that think she is like a squeek toy.. I do not have a safe place to release her and we do love her sooo much.. She is however very lonely as my time is divided in so many ways.. Does anyone have a great place were she can be homed forever or a soft release.. We need help soon... Thanks Penny
Anonymous - 2012-07-03 Also about this baby (Scarlett) She lives only in our home and is so sweet. My worry about setting her back to the wild is that she does not know she is a raccoon. She does still drink from her bottle but only because she loves it. She also eats most anything we offer... I am willing to travel to get her to a home were someone understands and loves her. It is agaist the law her to own one so I worry about this as much as my careful eye with our dogs who on the most part are good with her. I just dont trust them 100%.. Please please can any one home her. My phone is 802-888-2662 Penny
Garcia Alina - 2013-03-16 if you wher located in tampa i could take her i hope you find an apropriate place
renee - 2015-06-03 Where do you live my number is 706-507-9696 call me will see if I can help
Nathan patterson - 2016-05-24 My name is nathan and I've been looking to give a raccoon a home for months now I do know what I'm getting into I've done my research and I'd love to give your raccoon a home please call me asap 8645461381
Richard Rodgers - 2013-08-01 I have a three year old male, I have had him since he was a baby. I would like to find him a happier home, he lives in the house and is very lovable. If you are interested text me at 440-328-9699 or call if you would like to.
felicia b - 2013-09-18 You have a male ring tail cat for sale?
lolo - 2013-10-12 He/she is lovely ...... ps I want one.