close up of a family of adolescent raccoons in an orkin technician's hands

How Long Do Raccoons Live?

Raccoons usually mate between February and March. Gestation lasts about two months, and females produce a single litter with two to seven kits. Babies are born without vision, teeth, or fur patterns. These traits develop within a few weeks after birth. The average lifespan of a raccoon in the wild is about five years, but with abundant food and shelter they’re able to survive well past a decade. However, it has been estimated that 50 percent of raccoons die within their first year due to disease, starvation, predators, or human intervention.