You’re not alone if you’ve ever wondered if those annoying raccoons raiding your trashcan at night can see the red light from your porch. It’s a popular question that has been debated for many years.
Raccoons are nocturnal animals, which means they are most active at night. What about their vision, though? Do they have the ability to perceive red light at night?
Yes, at night, raccoons can see red light. They can see in color and have superb night vision. On the other hand, red light is the least visible to them; thus, they may not be able to perceive it as well as different colors.
Some research has been done on this subject, but the results have been inconclusive.
Unfortunately, there is no simple solution. Several things determine it. However, we may look more closely at the science behind this question to have a better understanding.
Some experts believe that raccoons can detect red light because they have light-sensitive rods in their eyes. Other experts believe that raccoons cannot perceive red light because their eyes lack cones, which are required for color vision.
According to one 2008 study, raccoons are not drawn to red light, regardless of the type of lightbulb used. However, because this study only looked at a limited number of raccoons, it is inconclusive.
Another study from 2011 discovered that while raccoons can sense red light to some extent, they are not drawn to it in the same way they are to other colors like green or blue. This implies that raccoons are unlikely to perceive red.
The jury is still out on this one, but it is an intriguing question. If you’ve spotted a raccoon at night, try shining a red light at it and seeing what happens.