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What is a raccoon’s mating habits?

The raccoons are known to be carnivorous mammals but they do have the omnivore tendencies. They like to eat meat but they have a wide diet which may include grains, grasses, berries and the nursing mothers have voracious appetite. They may spend days or nights looking for food. This is why, even if the raccoons may be nocturnal, and it is possible to find them working during the day time.

The breeding period of the raccoons normally take place in the late winter when the female did not breed during this period, it will have to wait four months again to breed. It gives birth to the babies in late summer but most of the times; the cubs are being born in April or May. The length of the pregnancy for the female raccoon is normally 63 days. A mother is able to have seven cubs at once while the average litter is four. The cubs are being born with the fur and they are also mobile but the legs are not able to support them. This is why they will scoot on the stomach in first week. Wild animals are not the ones that can be kept as pets in homes. These are also not allowed to be entered in homes, attic, or any place where the human are to move about. This is just because of the threats and dangers which is caused by the wild animal’s presence.

The males are able to breed the females in their first spring form the time that they were born. But because of the older and mature males, they will not be able to participate the first breeding season. When the breeding ends, a male raccoon is going to go back to the den and it will wait until the cold weather had finished. The raccoons are not able to hibernate but they are able to spend times in the den without the food in the winter. The males will not go to couple with the female in the gestation period and they will not have anything to do when it comes to raise the cubs.

The females are able to breed after 10 months. When they finish breeding, they go back to the den. After the birth of the babies, they will spend most of the time getting the food for their babies. The kids will be kept at just one spot in eight weeks, the cubs will be mobile and they can go with their mothers.

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