Raccoons have grayish-brown fur over most of their body and their tails have 4 to 6 black rings. A raccoon’s face has several markings that help it stand out. The most noticeable marking is the black “mask” — large black markings around each eye. They extend from the edge of the nose to the lower part of the cheek. In addition, raccoons also have whitish patches on top of the eyes and around the nose. The common raccoon is well known by people for its skillful attempts at stealing food from garbage cans in parks and neighborhoods. Raccoons are able to get food that other animals cannot because they have nimble, almost hand-like paws that can grasp at tree branches, nuts, fruits and even, the lids of garbage cans. Most of the time, raccoons use their excellent grasping abilities to climb up and down trees.


Average size is between 16-28 inches and up to 20 lbs


Raccoons are omnivores, meaning that they will eat both meat and vegetables for a diet. They like grasshoppers, nuts, berries, mice, squirrels and bird eggs.

Typical Lifespan

2-3 years.


They are also nocturnal, so your best chance of seeing a raccoon is at night in woodlands, wetlands, parks, and suburbs.


Raccoons live throughout the continental United States in woods, wetlands, suburbs, parks, cities and anywhere there is cover, food, and water.

Life History and Reproduction

Raccoons are solitary, except during the breeding season.