What Kind Of Sound Does A Raccoon Make

What kind of noises and sounds do raccoons make?

When you hear noises in the attic during the night, the greatest chance is that there are wild animal/s living within and they may be scratching the roof. Raccoons are one kind of animal that you can find in the attic and there are some noises that will help you realize that there are actually raccoons in there.

Thumping: when you hear thumping within the attic, this tells you that there is a larger animal within. The greatest likelihood is that there is an opossum or a raccoon living within. They may be engaging in activities such as jumping from one place to the next within the attic. They may be doing this while actively destroying or shoving something. They can also cause thumping sounds as they drug something heavy within the attic.

Scratching: the other noise that a raccoon can make while in the attic is scratch. There are lots of other animals that scratch and you will have to actually determine whether it is a raccoon or not. When you hear scratching, the animal within is most likely nocturnal. With scratching, you may not be able to determine whether the animal is big or not. Also, there are many factors that can influence the volume of the scratching especially where there is background noise.

Vocal noises: raccoons also make some vocal noises. Squirrels, opossums, mice and rats don’t make vocal noises while in the attic. When you hear any kind of vocal noises, then there is likelihood that there is a raccoon or an entire family living within.

What you should note is the fact that sometimes you can make a determination of the animal in your house just by paying attention to the noise. Raccoons are large and so the noise will be heavy. You will hear thumping as well as walking. Since they are nocturnal, you may hear the noises at night especially after dusk as the animal prepares to leave and as it returns. Timing may not be the same and at times, the raccoons can stir at daytime.

The vocal sounds made by raccoons are very distinct and they can vary. You can hear cries, chirps and other kinds of growls amongst other noises. When there is a family of raccoons that consist of a female and its litter, then you may hear a very distinct whining and crying of the babies that is very unique. This tells you that there is indeed a raccoon within the home. Go back to the How to get rid of raccoons home page.

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Hi my name is Brendan Mangnitz, I have been in the Nuisance Wildlife Removal industry for nearly 6 years after I graduated from College at UF with a background in Entomology and Wildlife Biology. I have seen and controlled just about any wildlife issue you may think of. I have dealt with Raccoons in apartments complex, Raccoon removal from your everyday house hold, Raccoons in the Attic, Raccoons digging up yards, Raccoons in Pools, Raccoons stuck in Chimney’s, and the list goes on and on. I have used several different control and removal methods for raccoons and that’s what I want to share with you guys on our website.

Here is a video of a raccoon I caught in an attic. Listen to the sounds it makes, are you hearing raccoons in your attic?

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First, let’s start off with the sounds that raccoons make in the attic. Raccoons are larger mammals and generally weigh between 10 and 15 pounds, so when they walk on your roof you can actually hear them through the shingles. It will sound like there’s something running around on the roof. If the raccoon opens up the soffits or gets into your attic you will still be able to hear the raccoon rummaging through the insulation. Raccoons can be sneaky and quiet if they want to be, so you may not hear them at first. Once they become comfortable in your attic and feel safe, you will hear them running around. Raccoons can remove insulation. You will also hear raccoon sounds through your drywall. The sounds a raccoon makes will sound like loud scratching. Raccoons will stomp on the drywall. Honestly, I tell my customers if it sounds like there’s a party upstairs, you might actually have raccoons in the attic. Raccoons tend to be quite loud, unlike rodents or animals that are small enough to run around silently.

One sound you may hear raccoons make in the attic is the mother raccoon calling for her babies. You can click on my YouTube video and listen to the sounds of a baby raccoon calling for its’ mother. When the mother raccoon leaves the attic, her babies will become afraid and these raccoon babies will make a chirping sound that’s very similar to high-pitched birds. This raccoon chirping and raccoon noises in the attic is the mother calling to her babies, that the raccoon babies are hungry in the attic, the raccoon babies are scared or even that the raccoon babies might be in danger. If you enter an attic and you think you have raccoons from sounds of the baby raccoons calling for the mother you hear, you need to leave the attic immediately.

Some of my customers ask me about sounds they hear at night. The sounds of raccoons at night may be the mother raccoon calling the baby, the baby raccoons calling for the mother, or even female raccoons calling a male raccoon for mating. If you are hearing the sounds and noises that raccoons make, you want to stay away from those sounds! Do not go towards them! If a raccoon thinks that a human is threatening it or its raccoon babies’ safety, the raccoon can become extremely aggressive and that raccoon may try to attack you. I absolutely recommend staying away from raccoons and if you hear raccoon noises or raccoon sounds you should contact a raccoon trapper and raccoon removal company immediately. Only professionals know how to get you taken care of.

You can hear raccoon sounds at all hours of the day, although raccoons are generally nocturnal. If raccoons have babies in the attic, those raccoon babies can make noises during the day when the mother raccoon leaves to get food or if there are issues with the baby raccoons. The mother raccoon can also make calling sounds during the day for help; that is why customers sometimes call me and say they hear noises at night or they think that they might have an issue with raccoons but they’re hearing the noises during the day. Raccoons can be a nuisance 24/7 when you deal with wildlife.

Although it is more common to hear raccoon noises at night, do not rule out that you might have raccoons in the attic if you hear the sounds during the day. If you check out the video below you will hear the sound of a mother raccoon that I caught in an attic. I hand-removed the baby raccoons so you can hear the sound of the mother raccoon talking to the baby raccoon and the baby raccoons talking back to the mother raccoon. I had my technician Corey with me during this raccoon removal and he helped me handpick the raccoons out of the attic. We were able to find the baby raccoons because of the chirping and loud calling sounds that the baby raccoons were making, since the mother was gone. We only went into the attic because we knew that we had successfully trapped and removed the mother raccoon earlier, otherwise it would have been too dangerous for Corey and I to go into the attic.

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If you think you are having an issue with raccoons in your attic or you have Raccoon Damage and want to get an expert opinion on the sounds you are hearing, give me a call! My name is Brendan Mangnitz with 24/7 Wildlife Control and I am always available to help identify the sounds you hear, and I would be happy to send one of our technicians out to assist you.

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What Sounds Do Raccoons Make?

Raccoons have a relatively large vocabulary amounting to about 51 recognized sounds, including adult raccoon purrs, snarls, chatter, squeals, whinnies, growls, hisses and screams and young raccoon twitters, coos, cries and mews. Raccoon vocalizations may resemble other animal sounds; for example, fighting raccoons may sound similar to fighting domestic cats, and their screams may resemble the call of a screech owl. Baby raccoons, known as kits, have vocalizations that are separate from typical adult raccoon vocalizations, and these sounds may become more intense based on the amount of stress the animal is experiencing.

Listening to recordings of raccoon vocalizations may assist with identifying this animal’s noises. While raccoons can be identified by their vocalizations, the fact that some of their noises resemble the calls and cries of other animals may mean that other forms of identification are necessary. In addition to their tittering and growling noises, raccoons can be identified by their tracks, which feature hand-like prints featuring five distinct clawed digits on both front and back paws. Raccoon scat is typically tubular and may contain evidence of the raccoon’s diet, including fur, seeds, berries or feathers. These agile and clever nocturnal animals are mostly peaceful but can be aggressive if they feel threatened.


What kind of noises and sounds do raccoons make when they live in your house?

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While you want your home to be a location where you can get away from the world, there are many instances where wild animals may find that your house makes the perfect respite for them as well. They love the solitude and peace your house provides just as much as you do, and this may mean that you may find an animal like a raccoon located in your basement or in the attic of your house.

The problem in the situation is that most people are completely unaware that this animal has gain access into their property. Because of the loose board, a hole, or crack somewhere, the raccoon is able to figure out how to get in and create its own residence there. Soon it can be using your insulation, old blankets, clothing, or newspapers to make the ideal nest for itself, creating a large number of health risks for you and your family.

What becomes the biggest problem for most people is that they are completely unaware that the raccoon has gain access into their home. At least they think they are unaware. A lot of people will tell you after they had the opportunity to pick about it for a little bit that they should’ve known that a raccoon was there because it was making noises that clearly gave itself away. If you are concerned that a raccoon may have gotten into your home, here are the kind of noises and sounds that raccoons make when they live inside your house.

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The first kind you should be paying attention to is a scratching noise. These animals will try to dig it areas along the wall, floor, or other area in the house that is quite distinguishable to you. You should especially here these kinds of noises if the raccoon is in the attic of your home. It will frequently try to scratch at the wall or at the floor, looking for access ways it can create to get into other areas of your house.

If the animal is in your attic, you should also hear the clicking noise of its paws as it is walking across your ceiling. This should be another noise they should sound out of the ordinary, especially when you are sleeping at night.

Consider that raccoons are nocturnal animals, which means that they are asleep during the day and awake at night. Because of this, the noises that they are making should be easily heard because your house should be quiet for the most part. If you start to hear scratching and clawing noises, then it is likely that you have some kind of animal in your attic, and that may be a raccoon.

One other noise you want to pay attention to is if you have more than one raccoon in your home, it is not uncommon for the two of them to engage in some kind of wrestling match with one another. You should hear the sounds of this scrum going on.

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Raccoon sounds and videos

Here are some videos of raccoons that people have made. Where aplicable they are used with permission. They are in mov format so they should work for both PC and MAC users.

Please note that these videos are pretty old at this point and may or may not work. Apologies if they don’t.

A raccoon eating someting from a river
this video is from the Animals 2.0 CD A video of a domestic raccoon playing
This video is from the World Wide Raccoon Web.


This is the sound of a baby looking for it’s mother.

This is the sounds of a happy raccoon. Strangely enough if you play this sound backwards it sounds just like the co-cooo sound that some birds make.

This is the sound of a raccoon cooing.

This is the sound a raccoon who is in distress and upset will make.

This is a digitized sound of a raccoon purring. It doesn’t sound exactly the same as in order for it to be heard some digital altering had to be done but it does give a fairly accurate representation of the sound.

Thank you to Damon Swanson for providing me with the above sounds. You can visit his page at http://members.aol.com.dhswan

The sounds of a bunch of babies


What sounds do raccoons make ?

Wiki User
November 30, 2015 9:01AM

sort of a «chirpy’ jibber-jabber. My sister lives in Washington

State and feeds the local raccoon population daily at her back

door. they like dog and cat food, and LOVE cookies-especially oreo


  • DragoPistachio says:

    Definitely a raccoon in my attic. Our roof was distoyed and we even saw a piece a metal fall off the roof. I assumed our cats were in there but then we saw racoon footprints in our pool

  • Caprica2267 says:

    Many people (I’m one of them) will love to have a raccoon as a pet. Unfortunately they are wild animals. Eve if you have one when it’s an infant, still they should be in the wild not in a home😔

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