Raccoons might be very entertaining to observe as many viral videos have revealed, but they are certainly no joy to have in your backyard, let alone inside your building. They are of course nature’s notorious bandits. Texas is no stranger to raccoon issues since it is home to a number of subspecies. In fact, raccoon removal services are frequently requested in Houston and its surrounding areas.
Raccoons were once strangers to American soil. But as the years passed, they travelled onto US soil and rapidly increased in number. In fact, according to Naturalist Samuel Zevelloff, the raccoon population has increased by at least a hundred fold within the last 200 years alone. Even though there are seven species of raccoons that can be found around the world, the one that is most frequently seen in North America is the Procyon Lotor which is aptly called the North American raccoon.
Procyon Lotor/North American Raccoon
Procyon Lotor is the scientific name for the common/North American raccoon. The North American raccoon lives all over the United States of America and Mexico as well as Canada. The mammal has also been introduced to Germany and Japan. The Procyon Lotor has a distinctive look created by black fur that surrounds both eyes to resemble a bandit’s mask, earning the animal the nickname ‘nature’s bandit’. The adult male (also called boar) of this raccoon subspecies typically weighs anywhere from 14-23 pounds and is usually larger than the female (known as sow).
Common Features Among Raccoons
Like other subspecies or raccoons, the North American raccoon is an omnivore and an opportunistic feeder, willing to chow down on pretty much any vegetable or meat item, including small animals. Raccoons are also quite adaptable and are able to live in both natural and developed settings. Another feature shared by all sub-species of raccoons is their very dexterous human-like paws. These paws function very much like human hands, allowing the raccoon to grasp, twist and lift objects. In the wild, a raccoon can live up to two years but in domesticated settings their lifespan increases to up to twenty years.
Procyon Lotor Fuscipes
Also known as the Texas raccoon (you can find them everywhere in Texas except for the extreme northern and western sections), this forager stands out among others in the species for its social behavior and its ability to grow to the size of a small to medium-sized dog. During times of drought, Texas raccoons become even more friendly with each other, gathering to hydrate themselves near water sources. Unfortunately, this exposes them to health risks as the group settings make the transmission of diseases more likely.
Procyon Lotor Mexicanus
This forager is also known as the Mexican raccoon and it lives in western Texas as well as northern Mexico and southern New Mexico. It has a broader black mask than its counterparts and gray hair that is bristly. This raccoon has a lighter colored fur than most other subspecies.
Skedaddle’s wildlife technicians have the tools, training, and experience to effectively handle all raccoon intrusions including those involving the raccoons found in Texas. We conduct a thorough inspection of your property to detect raccoon presence and then implement specially crafted strategies to get raccoons to leave safely. With Skedaddle on the job, priority is placed on the preservation of the species (and adherence to wildlife protection legislation) and all removed wildlife animals are relocated in suitable locations to enable them to continue to thrive. Without a doubt Skedaddle is the ultimate raccoon removal team serving Houston and its surrounding communities.