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What's the Difference Between an Opossum & Raccoon? December 27, 2019

New Milford, Litchfield
What's the Difference Between an Opossum & Raccoon?, New Milford, Connecticut

Backyard pests can make nests under your deck, paw through your trash, and may warrant a call to an animal removal company. Two common types of animals often spotted in neighborhoods are opossums and raccoons. While they exhibit similar behaviors, there are ways to tell them apart. Here’s what you need to know.


You can spot an opossum by its gray and white coloring, long rat-like tail, and narrow snout. They have a wide foot and opposable thumbs on their hind feet, so you can easily find their tracks in the snow. Since these animals are prone to frostbite, they may enter your home seeking warmth and food. 

When an opossum is living in or near your home, they will generally leave behind some signs. They may damage the outside of your home when climbing up the side of the house. You will likely hear scratching sounds if this is the case. Opossums tend to shriek and hiss, so you might hear their vocalizations, too. 


animal removalRaccoons have gray fur with black markings and sport long bushy tails. They usually have a black marking around their eyes that resembles a mask. Raccoons typically spend their time in rock crevices and hollow trees, and they often stay inside of their dens during the winter. Their paw prints resemble human hands and feet. 

Some raccoons in residential areas can be pests and enter your home. They may invade your attic, damaging insulation and electrical work. You might notice droppings around your attic if a raccoon has been present. Call an animal removal specialist if you suspect that a raccoon has entered your house. 


If you are looking to relocate opossums, raccoons, or other backyard pests this winter, call American Bio-Tech Wildlife Services in New Milford, CT. This nuisance wildlife removal company has been serving local families since 1971. Their staff of professionals will relocate animals and prevent them from returning. They will also repair damage like holes and tears that wild animals leave behind. Learn more about their animal removal services online, or call (860) 355-1231 for an appointment.