• Mating: Promiscuous
• Breeding age: 1 year
• Peak breeding activity: February to June, peaking in March
• Gestation: 63 - 65 days
• Litter Size: 3 to 7; 4 average
• Typical foods: omnivores (favorite foods are berries, acorns, baby birds, frogs, and fish)
Raccoons are normally gray or black in color with pale gray coloring underneath. They can also be red or blonde in color, although not as common. Their black mask is rimmed on top and bottom with white. The raccoon’s tail has four to six black or dark brown rings.
Habitat and Habits
The raccoon prefers to live in wooded areas with big trees and lots of water close by. During the daytime, raccoons sleep in hollow trees or logs and other animals' abandoned dens. They are nocturnal and are up and about during the dark hours of the night. Even though the raccoon does not really hibernate, it can sleep for days, and even weeks at a time during the cold winter months.
Reproduction and Care of the Young
Raccoons mate from February through March in Ohio. Males will mate with several females during the breeding season. Typically only one litter is produced each year, but there can be exceptions to the rule. Newborn raccoons are well furred with their eyes opening around 19 days. By the sixth or seventh week the young are weaned and weigh about 1.5 pounds. The young raccoons will stay with the mother through the fall with some staying with her during the winter as well.