Raccoons are a familiar sight just about everywhere, because they will eat just about anything. These bandit-masked ubiquitous mammals are found in forests, marshes, prairies, and even in cities. They are adaptable and use their dexterous front paws and long fingers to find and feast on a wide variety of food.
In the natural world, raccoons snare a lot of their meals in the water. They use their lightning-quick paws to grab crayfish, frogs, and other aquatic creatures. On land, they pluck mice and insects from their hiding places and raid nests for tasty eggs.
Raccoons also eat fruit and plants—including those grown in human gardens and farms. They will even open garbage cans to dine on the contents and seem to enjoy doing so.
These ring-tailed animals can inhabit a tree hole, fallen log, or even house’s attic. Females have one to seven cubs in early summer.
Raccoons in the northern parts of their range gorge themselves in spring and summer to store up body fat. They then spend much of the winter asleep in a den.