Raccoons are nocturnal animals, so they usually sleep during the day and hunt for food at night. If you see one out during the day, it’s likely because they’re searching for a new hiding spot or more food.
In the wild, a raccoon’s den is usually located in an abandoned animal burrow or hollow log. They will often have a number of dens scattered across their territory. They can also find shelter in urban and suburban areas such as attics, sheds, and the crawl space underneath a deck or porch.
They are expert climbers and can use any kind of nook or cranny as a place to sleep during the day, including a roof eave or window ledge. In a natural setting, a raccoon may choose a high-up spot in a tree. However, in cities and suburbs, a raccoon is more likely to hide out on a rooftop or a balcony.
If you are lucky enough to catch a raccoon in the act of sleeping, be sure not to disturb it. If you startle it, the animal will be frightened and flee its hiding spot. Raccoons are very clever, and they’ll know that a human approaching it is not good news.
Raccoons have short lifespans in the wild, but they can live up to 20 years in captivity. They’re often preyed on by predators, diseases, and fast-moving vehicles early in their lives. This is why it’s so important to protect raccoon habitat.