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How big can raccoons get?

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Adult raccoons may be anywhere from 24 to 40 inches in length (including 8-12 inches for tail) and weigh 14 to 40 pounds depending upon locale (larger raccoons in the north) and sex (males are larger than females). Average is about 3 feet and 25-30 pounds. Captive raccoons can weigh considerably more than their wild neighbors and they have a tendency to obescity. I would venture a safe guess that the male raccoon who weighed a record 62 pounds was not found in the wild. Tip: Rehabbers are reminded that their little guys who have been in rehab will be bigger than raccoons the same age being raised in the wild so not to judge age by size alone. New rescuees might appear younger because of size and weakened conditions. more
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