The mating season of the raccoon will normally start during the latter part of the McKinney winter season. This means that the breeding will start at the late part of January and may last up to February. The average gestation will last at around 63 days. According to the expert breeders, their pregnancy is normally prolonged just like in the case of the mink. Once the mating season ends, the creature will then return to their winter hibernation. There are instances when the female raccoon will fail to find their mate. If this is the case, the female raccoon has another opportunity to breed during the summer. The little raccoons will then be born in August.
The Habit of McKinney Raccoon Reproduction
The initial stage of the reproduction of the Texas raccoon was never described adequately. Post natal growth of the related species such as fox, muskrat, and opossums has also not been documented appropriately. This opens an exciting field to the fresh naturalists that are gifted with enthusiasm and patience. The stages of reproduction we will mention below are based on the observation of raccoons that are kept in captivity.
As we mentioned above, the Texas raccoon will start their breeding season during the late part of January and may last until February (sometimes March). Nonetheless, in some location, the raccoons breeding season does not depend on the amount of sunlight. For instance, the raccoons that are found in the south will breed a lot later compared to the raccoons found in other areas.
When the time comes that they need to look for their mate, the male will wander all over their territory in order to look for a prospected candidate. The breeding of the raccoons will occur in centralized area where lots of raccoons are congregating looking for their potential partner. Copulation may last for an hour and will be repeated for several days. The non-dominant male raccoon will also have the opportunity to mate with the other female raccoon since the dominant male won't be able to accommodate all of them. Raccoons are not monogamous in nature. The females will mate with different males during the mating season.
The gestation period will last at around 63 days but in some cases it may last up to 70 days. Their Texas litters will normally be composed of 2-5 baby raccoons. The number of their babies will depend upon their location. For instance the raccoons located in Alabama will have an average of 3 babies while those that are found in North Dakota will at least have 5 young raccoons.
The females will reach their sexual maturity at an earlier period compared to the McKinney male raccoons. The male will live a few years before they reach this stage. During their reproduction, the male raccoon will normally act hostile towards the other baby raccoons. This is why the female raccoon prefer to live in isolation in order to protect her young ones. This increases the chance of their baby's survival rate.