Everyone has seen a raccoon in Tennessee before, but it can be difficult getting an up close look at them. After all, raccoons are nocturnal and therefore, only active from dusk to dawn when we are usually asleep. Also, they are quick on their feet, allowing them to run fast and promptly climb high into the trees. Although sometimes considered a nuisance critter, raccoons are clever and fascinating creatures that are fun to learn about. They are also fun to watch from a safe distance, as their behaviors are silly and adorable.
For that up close view you’ve always wanted, continue reading to learn what a raccoon looks likes and acts like in Tennessee.
What a Raccoon Looks Like in Tennessee
Here in Tennessee, we are home to the Common Raccoon (Procyon Lotor). Although there are various species of coon, some of which with drastically opposing physical features, Tennessee raccoons are mostly identified by their black “bandit-like” masks across their visual cortex (eye area) and their dual-striped, bushy tails.
Their main coats are dense fur, and their colors can range from an amber brown to a dark gray or black color. Adult males can weigh up to 30 pounds in some regions. The average weight of adult raccoons can range anywhere from 4 to 30pounds. Males are generally 20% heavier than female raccoons.
Raccoons also have two legs, two arms, and very dexterous paws. Their paws almost resemble human hands, having five appendages, and include long sharp claws on each. Raccoons can stand on their hind legs and use their paws just as we do our hands. All this allows them to have impressive climbing and grasping abilities.
What Raccoons Act Like in Tennessee
As for behavior, raccoons evince clever and resourceful attitudes and mannerisms. They are loving and protective mothers and share similar gestation qualities as humans and other mammals. Raccoons retain acute senses that allow them to seek out food sources almost anywhere.
Raccoons have an incredible sense of touch and a notable memory span too. They are omnivores, meaning they meat, fruits, and vegetables, including nuts, insects, berries, small birds, and small invertebrates like frogs and crayfish. They basically eat what they can find, which is why they are a common nuisance in areas with dumpsters and trashcans.
Raccoons have been known to find their way into residential and commercial properties in over developed areas or neighborhoods near wooded lots. This makes them unpopular animals because they have proven to be a source of structural destruction, disease, and overpopulation. Nonetheless, they remain quite an exquisite species in nature.
If you are having trouble with nuisance raccoons around your Tennessee home or office building, act now before they can cause any structural damage or pose any health risks. Contact Smoky Wildlife Control at 615-610-0962 for raccoon removal and control service in Nashville and its surrounding counties. We serve residential and commercial properties.