How Big Can Raccoons Get?

Did you know that the world’s largest raccoon weighed 75 pounds? Of course, that is far larger than the average-sized raccoon. But about how big do raccoons get?

Raccoon size range. The Guinness World Record holder for "fattest" raccoon was named Bandit. Before his death in 2004, Bandit weighed in at 75 pounds. He was about 10 years old. But Bandit was more of a pet than a wild raccoon.

According to the woman who adopted him, Bandit was born with a bad thyroid gland, which caused him to gain an excessive amount of weight. But he was also given access to cake and ice cream. Thankfully, the raccoons that may be causing trouble in and around your home should be significantly smaller. So, how big are raccoons that don't regularly eat sweet treats?

The average size range of an adult raccoon is between 18 and 28 inches in length. They typically weigh anywhere from 5 to 35 pounds. However, males are often larger than females and have been weighed at up to 60 pounds. How big a raccoon gets depends on a variety of factors, including age, genetics, habitat and the availability of food. Raccoons in urban settings are often larger than those found in the wild, due to the prevalence of garbage and pet food.

To manage a raccoon problem near your home, you should employ exclusion methods or call a pest management professional. So, how big can a raccoon get, you ask? Perhaps that depends on how long you wait to call.