Do Raccoons Eat?Wondering what do raccoons eat?
animals can be summed-up using two words
omnivorous and opportunistic.
Simply put, this
means that these furry little critters will eat what's available at any
time, whether that is meat or plants.
course, much of the raccoon diet will depend on the current habitat
they are residing in. In some areas plants make up a
larger percentage of the food they eat. In others, it is meat.
menu items would include...
that's just a short list of the plant foods they'll eat. And
no, it makes no difference whether it is rotten or not! As a
former Florida Wildlife Control officer and one who's been around these
animals for his entire life, I speak from experience when I say they
eat pretty much anything!
- corn (This is a major stable
in many areas.)
far as meat goes, Raccoons consume more invertebrates than vertebrates.
are all possible components of the raccoon diet.
remember, these clever little animals are opportunistic, so while it
may be a bit disgusting, they will also eat rotten, decaying animals
too. Things like road-kill or other dead carcases.
No doubt, eating this nasty, parasite ridden food causes many
diseases in raccoons. Diseases that are spread throughout
your attic by their droppings when they pry their way in.
have also adapted their list of food items to include trash and other
common foods found in suburban and urban areas.