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Raccoon ID

Raccoon:


Appearance:

Racoons are approximately 5kg to 12 kg in size. Normally they are grey in colour with a bushy tail and will have a distinctive black mask on their face.


Cycle:

Females give birth to 1 to 6 babies in late spring. Adults will live on average for 5 years.


Habit and Behaviour:

They are normally active at night time, and will rummage through trash searching for a food source. Activity happens in the spring, summer, and fall and they will sleep in their dens for most of the winter.

Squirrel

Squirrel:


Appearance:

Squirrels can range in colour from red-brown, black, and grey. They range between 10” to 20” long.


Cycle:

Females will breed from mid-December to January and again in June. The gestation period is approximately 40 to 45 days. Each litter is about 3 young.


Habit and Behaviour:

They are active during the day and most commonly inhabit wooded areas and nest in the trees. They are very good gnawers and will often gain entry to attics and garage spaces.

Skunk ID

skunk:


Appearance:

You can distinguish a skunk by its black body and prominent white stripes down its back. They weigh approximately 8lbs.


Cycle:

They begin breeding in late February and late March. Gestation is approximately 7 to 10 weeks, with a litter of 4 to 6 young. They normally only produce one litter yearly and can live up to 10 years.


Habit and Behaviour:

They are omnivores, meaning they eat both plants and meats. Skunks are known to dig holes in lawns, golf courses, gardens and under structures. They will spray a foul and nauseating liquid in defence.

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