Racoons usually mate in late winter or early spring. With a gestation period of around 65 days, this generally ensures that their offspring – which are normally born in litters ranging from one to eight – will enjoy a warm, sunny climate during their first days in the world.
After they’re born, baby racoons, known as “kits,” stay inside their mother’s den for an additional eight to twelve weeks. Even after venturing outside, though, they stay close to their mom until they’re fully independent.
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