The warm, humid climate of central Florida offers ideal habitat for raccoons year-round. Average temperatures range from the 60s F (16-21 C) in the north to the 70s F (21-26 C) in southern regions. Summer brings heat, humidity, and afternoon thunderstorms. Raccoons do not hibernate in Florida winters.
Abundant water sources, forests, suburb growth, and agriculture provide everything raccoons need to flourish. They den in hollow trees, brush piles, and abandoned burrows. Raccoons forage in woods and wetlands teeming with frogs, fish, and invertebrates. Developed areas offer trash bins, pet food, and gaps in buildings that attract raccoons. Central Florida’s ideal conditions allow raccoon populations to thrive and spread into human dwellings.