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How to identify raccoon tracks

Raccoons are quite familiar animals and they have ringed tails and faces that are masked. The hind and front feet have got five toes. Their fingers are dexterous and long and this is what makes it possible for them to untie knots, open jars, turn door knobs and also open latches. When they walk, they create prints that are very similar to the human baby footprints and handprints and they are quite tiny.



Raccoons are nocturnal primarily and they can make it within the cities and wilderness areas as well. The greatest raccoon population is actually within New York City. The animals are adaptable and very intelligent.

Raccoons are omnivorous and can eat different kinds of foods including human garbage, cat food, corn, berries, insects, salamanders, vegetation, nuts, berries, carrion, mice, eggs, birds, insects, shellfish, amphibians, fish and frogs. Clawing and scratching within the wall can be a sign that you have a wild animal within and it may be stuck or simply making a home within your home. It is important that you handle such an issue with urgency so as to avoid even bigger problems in the future.

The tracks of the raccoons are most often found near a water source. Where there is water, there most definitely will be mud and this is a great medium that can be used in the study of tacks.

On mud, the hind feet can actually sink much deeper because the raccoon’s hind body is quite heavier. They also love being around water and many people believe that they wash their food before they eat. However, this is actually dabbling. When they do this, the sense of touch actually enhances and they can find food even underwater.

As you track raccoons, you may also come across its scat. The scat is usually blunt on the ends and it is tubular in shape. It is important to be aware of the fact that the scat can actually have raccoon roundworm eggs and it can prove to be very fatal to the humans. Do not handle scat. If you do identify the scat anywhere near your residence, you should get professional help so as to avoid getting exposed.

The right hind foot of a raccoons has a heel that is bigger, it doesn’t always create an imprint. However, when it imprints well, it may show the claw marks even though this is quite rare. Go back to the How to get rid of raccoons home page.

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