Baby raccoons, or kits, are nursed by their mother until two to three months of age, after which they are weaned. With their mother's supervision, they then forage for crayfish, snakes, frogs, mice, berries, fish, insects, garden plants, fruit, garbage and even pet food.

Following a gestation period of two months, a female raccoon gives birth to a litter of four to six kits. The young raccoons are unable to open their eyes for three weeks and do not stand on their own until they are four to six weeks old. The kits typically spend their first two months high in a tree hole or other structure.