When Do Raccoons Mate?Male raccoons may have multiple partners, but females only mate with one male raccoon during the breeding season. Typically, mating occurs during the winter months, but it can continue through spring into June. So, when do raccoons have their babies? About 63 days after they mate. Most raccoon babies are born in early spring through June or July. A female raccoon can have a litter of one to seven kits, but a typical litter is three to four. Females generally only have one litter per year.
How Do Momma Raccoons Take Care of the Babies?Newborn kits are blind and deaf at birth. The mother raccoon cares for the babies exclusively. After about three weeks, they can start to see and hear. Baby raccoons aren’t weaned until they are 7 to 10 weeks old. They may stay with their mother throughout their first year, not going off on their own until they are ready to have a family on their own.
Are Baby Raccoons Dangerous to Humans?Baby raccoons might not seem hazardous because they’re so tiny, but they can bite and scratch you if you try to pick them up. Mother raccoons tend to be aggressive when the babies are in danger, so you also risk being attacked by adult raccoons. Raccoons carry parasites, mites, and other diseases, so it’s important to leave a baby raccoon alone if you find one. Contact a professional wildlife removal service to keep your family and pets safe.
How Can You Tell If You Have Raccoons in Your Home?During the breeding season, you may have a raccoon family move into your home. Here are some of the signs:
- Seeing an adult raccoon on your property foraging for food.
- Hearing rustling or thumping in your walls.
- Hearing cries and chirps of animals in your attic or walls. Baby raccoons can be noisy.
- Seeing damage to your soffits, siding or roof vents.