What Do Raccoons Eat?

racoon (Image from Wikimedia Commons)Raccoons are omnivorous animals which mean they eat both plants and animals. They are regarded by some scientists as “one of the world’s most omnivorous animals” because their diet consists of different foods. They eat almost anything. In urban places, raccoons eat human leftovers in garbage cans. People are annoyed if they disarrange garbage just to find food. In natural environment, plant materials that they consume include fruits and nuts. Animals that they eat include insects, worms, birds, mammals, fishes, and amphibians. Raccoons develop strong preference for specific foods when there are lots of foods available in their environment.

Raccoons are usually nocturnal but can be active during the day to take advantage on the availability of food.