Striped Skunk

Striped Skunk

Did You Know?

Skunks are immune to snake venom and are known to eat poisonous snakes like Rattle Snakes. They also eat wasps and honey bees and will often attack beehives.

All about Striped Skunk

Order:
Carnivora
Family:
Mephitidae
Group:
Mephitis
Lifespan:
3 years (in the wild)
Gestation:
66 days
Habitat:
Open woodland and dense shrub
Diet:
Insects, small mammals, fruits and berries, eggs and carrion
Conservation Status:
Least Concern
Male:
Buck
Female:
Doe
Young:
Kit

Fun Facts!

There are 4 species of Skunk (Mephitis mephitis) that inhabit North America, and the Striped Skunk is the most common. 

Skunks are extremely adaptable, and thrive in many different habitats as long as food and shelter are available. They will typically settle down within 2 miles of a water source.

Skunks are opportunistic eaters and their diets are flexible, often shifting with the seasons.

They are nocturnal, which means they are active at night.

A Skunk's sulphuric spray has a range of up to 10 feet and it's odour can be detected up to 15 miles away.

A Skunk will always give a warning before spraying, turning it's back to the target, hissing and stamping it's feet.

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