By Gary Bogue
Friday, January 14th, 2011 at 7:02 am in Raccoons.
My hubby and I came home to find 4 raccoons on our deck last evening. I had seen them once before, but failed to get a good pic. Last night I got 2 good pics showing their unique color. Please let me know how common tan and brown raccoons are!
Ann Sevier, Walnut Creek, California
Actually, there is a strain of “white” (aka blond or brown-&-tan) raccoons in the San Francisco Bay Area. The “white” color can vary a lot between white and blond. They are most commonly seen in the East Bay’s Diablo Valley area in Concord, Lafayette and Walnut Creek.
These “white” raccoons are not true albinos, which lack any color and have red eyes. There are also occasional albino raccoons that can be found in the same area.
Your photos beautifully illustrate the difference between the white/blond/brown-and-tan raccoons and a normal-colored raccoon.
Interestingly, there is also a similar strain of “white” opossums that roam around the same area as the “white” raccoons. Go figure that one! /Gary