Did you know…
The raccoons’ name is in fact spelled two different ways: racoon and raccoon. It seems that it is dependent upon which side of the pond (A.K.A. the Atlantic Ocean) you’re on. Americans spell the word as raccoon, whereas the United Kingdom spells it racoon.
Raccoons (I am American, no insult to my U.K. buddies out there!) As seen from the above statement, can be seen in Canada, United States, Mexico, Finland, Germany and Russia. In actuality they’re also found in all Europe, having been introduced by the Asians. They may also be located in all the rest of the world, each country/continent boasting its own species and subspecies.
The food chain is broad and varied. Their natural enemies are foxes and bobcats. However, they also have been known to be carried off by bigger prey seekers such as owls and eagles. Sadly, the biggest threat known to raccoons is your car. In turn, raccoons feast on a variety of foods such as berries, acorns and leaves. Did you know that they are omnivorous? They also feast on dragonfly larvae, clams, salamanders, frogs, snakes, grasshoppers, crickets, turtles (and their eggs), bird eggs in addition to nestlings (baby birds) and fish. If you live in the suburbs, you know their buffet also includes garbage out of trash cans! In effect, I think I can safely say they eat whatever they don’t deem as poisonous!
Raccoons can make about 7 different sounds that at times can sound a bit like a dog, and other times more like a kitty! Perhaps those purring cat sounds you hear at night are in fact raccoons instead! This is possible as raccoons tend to be nocturnal.
They have hand-like paws that are good for tearing things apart, much like we could with our fingers-which is why they can partake in a meal of crawfish or crab. But they have their limitations as well. My mom once watched a raccoon reach into a pit to catch his prey. He apparently caught it, but as he tried to pull his fist from the pit, it got stuck. He fought for a while trying to receive his fist out. Alas, he had to let his prey go so as to pull his hand out of the hole!
Raccoons are also sometimes seen as pets. However, as a warning, they are still considered wild animals and are feisty and unpredictable. They are not recommended as pets for anyone with young children. Furthermore, they are illegal in many areas as pets before considering this option, check with the game wardens, Jupiter Rat Removal or pet control section in your town.