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Raccoon Lifespan: How Long Do Raccoons Live?

Dr. Mark is a veterinarian with over 40 years of experience in the field. He works with dogs, cats, exotics, and livestock.

Wild raccoons have much, much shorter lifespans than pet raccoons.

Wild raccoons have much, much shorter lifespans than pet raccoons.

If you are talking about pet raccoons, they live about as long or even longer than a medium-sized dog—15 or even up to 20 years. They are not the best pets, however, since they can be moody and destructive as they get older. They usually want to get away and back to the wild, so have to be kept caged.

What About Wild Raccoons?

In the wild, their lifespans are usually much shorter since they have to find enough food to keep warm, avoid predators like coyotes and human hunters out for their skins, and keep away from cars and poisons meant to keep them out of trash cans.

When the lifespan includes all coons, including babies, the average is only about 2 to 5 years.

This article is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from your veterinarian. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

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