Where Do Raccoons Live and Sleep?

November 18, 2023

If you see a raccoon sleeping, it probably won’t be the same place the next time you visit. These opportunistic creatures move from one hiding spot to another to keep predators and the elements at bay. They are adept climbers and use their sharp claws to scale trees quickly. They also hop onto rooftops to gain access to attics where they can make dens and have their babies.

While raccoons sleep in a variety of places, they tend to gravitate toward locations that are quiet and offer shelter from the elements. They often choose to sleep in hollow areas of trees, abandoned burrows, sheds, and barns. They can even find some comfort in crawl spaces, attics, chimneys, and sheds in urban areas.

During the day, raccoons prefer to remain in the safety of their dens. However, they will sneak out for meals if there is enough food available near the den. These masked critters are opportunistic eaters and will eat just about anything they can get their hands on. They are known to scavenge on roadkill, fish from streams and ponds, fruit, vegetables, bird eggs, nuts, rodents, and even carrion.

These opportunistic creatures are masters of adaptation and can survive just about anywhere in North America. They are highly territorial, and male raccoons typically roam an area of 250 acres that they mark by rubbing their scent on trees or rocks. Females, on the other hand, will remain in their dens until their young are old enough to fend for themselves.

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