Generally speaking, raccoons tend to favor wooded areas close to water, often making their dens in trees and logs. However, they can also be found in a variety of other habitats, from prairies to marshes and even cities, wherever there is a ready source of food.Continue Reading
Raccoons are common throughout the United States, although they are rare in the desert regions of Nevada, Utah and Arizona as well as some parts of the Rocky Mountains. They can also be found in Mexico, Central America and southern parts of Canada.
Unless the mother raccoon is caring for her young, raccoons tend to be solitary creatures, living and hunting alone.Learn more about Rodents
There are many different kinds of squirrels, but most squirrels, such as the gray squirrel, red squirrel and fox squirrel, build their dens in the sides of trees while ground squirrels typically dig dens underground. A common squirrel den will be outfitted with moss and leaves in order to better camouflage the den while keeping it comfortable and warm as well.Full Answer >
Animals that eat squirrels include raptors like eagles and hawks, snakes, wild and domestic cats, dogs, bears, coyotes, wolves, foxes, weasels, wolverines, raccoons, corvids, great herons and owls. Primates like chimpanzees and humans also eat squirrels, and they've even been known to be taken by fish like bigmouth bass.Full Answer >
The most commonly used and most effective home remedy for repelling raccoons is a hot pepper juice mixture. Ammonia is also used but a safer alternative combines onions and any kind of hot peppers into a substance that will repel just about any animal you don't want in your backyard.Full Answer >
Baby raccoons in the wild drink their mother's milk until they are approximately eight or nine weeks old, after which they begin to eat solid foods such as plants, nuts, berries, insects, frogs and rodents. Raccoons residing in urban areas are also known to sift through trash cans for food.Full Answer >