Where Do Raccoons Sleep?

November 3, 2023

Raccoons are highly adaptable animals that can find a place to sleep wherever food, shelter and safety is available. In the wild, they usually stake out an area that is known as their home range. This is usually about 1-18 square miles, depending on the habitat and age of the animal.

Raccoons tend to be nocturnal animals and prefer to hunt and forage at night. They will spend the day in dens or other sheltered locations such as rock clefts, woods, hollow trees, or abandoned burrows and nests of other animals. They also hide in secluded places such as storm drains and sewers in urban environments.

In the summer, raccoons feed on an assortment of meat, birds, eggs, nuts and fruits. They are great at climbing and their dexterous front paws can grip and manipulate almost anything. They also help to disperse plant seeds by raiding bird nests and eating berries.

As winter approaches, raccoons will start to make their way into homes and other urban environments to find a warm and cozy place to hibernate or sleep for the season. They may be seen rummaging through trash cans or other garbage at night as they seek out food sources to survive.

As solitary animals, male and female raccoons will sleep alone. However, they may travel together at night in search of food. Raccoons are voracious omnivores that will forage up to a mile or more each night in their search of food.


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