Frequently Asked Questions About Raccoons

What do raccoons eat?

They eat anything in front of them. Raccoons are omnivorous and opportunistic carnivores. They eat fish, crayfish, arthropods, amphibians, reptiles, small mammals and rodents, birds, eggs, grains, acorns, other nuts, and fruits. 

What is a raccoon’s lifespan?

Their lifespan is between two and three years.

How fast is a raccoon?

They can run up to 15 mph.

Why are they called raccoons?

The name Raccoon comes from the Native American Powhatan word aroughcun, which means “animal that scratches with its hands.” Raccoons have similar hand structure as humans and use their hands in people’s gardens, garbage cans, etc.

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