Perhaps if you learn some fun and interesting facts about raccoons, it will change your perspective on these unfairly labeled mammals! Raccoons are wonderful critters that range in color, size, habitat, and more. There are three main species of raccoon, and over 20 subspecies too! Raccoons have a poor reputation because of the rabies stigma and the damage they can cause our homes and properties. But it is not the raccoon’s fault that they are susceptible to disease, just like all other mammals; and it is not their fault that we continue to overdevelop and eliminate raccoon’s natural habitats, forcing them into our neighborhoods and urban areas.
Aside from all these shameful perspectives regarding raccoons, there are bright and cheerful facts that will make you love them! Continue reading to learn the good stuff about raccoons, and perhaps change your mind about them once and for all!
Raccoons and Humans
Although we are going to discuss the wonderful attributes of raccoons, it is important to note that raccoons should never be taunted, trapped, harmed, killed, or kept as a pet. Never try to touch or pet a wild raccoon, and if you see one on the ground, even if it’s a pup, do not touch it or try to save it. They are amazing critters, but they can pose serious health problems for humans and pets. So instead, contact a local wildlife rescue and control company for prompt, safe, and humane assistance in removing the raccoon and relocating it to a faraway and safer habitat. Now that we got that out of the way, let’s get into the good stuff!
Raccoons come in three separate species, found all over the world. These species include the Northern raccoon, also called the Common raccoon. This is the species we are all most familiar with. Then there is the Crab-Eating raccoon and the Cozumel Island raccoon. All other raccoons are subspecies of these three. Since 2005, there have been 22 identified coon species in the world!
Raccoons are very intelligent compared to most other mammals. Past scientific studies have proven that coons retain an incredible memory, and can remember solutions to problems up to three years later! Tests, including complex locks, shapes, puzzles, and more, were administered to certain species and the results were astonishing! Raccoons are smart little critters!
They also have very dexterous paws that are human-like, and they can use them to maneuver, open, pry, peel, and much more; just as us humans do! They like to play and be silly with their mates, and retain gender-appropriate roles in nature. So you see, there is much more to these species of animal that you knew before. Keep this in mind next time you spot a raccoon, and be sure to admire it from afar, and never intervene.
Indiana Raccoon Removal
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