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Skunk

Order:

Carnivora

Family:

Mephitidae

Group:

Mephitis

Male:

Dog

Female:

Bitch

Young:

Kit

Lifespan:

3 years

Gestation:

62 days, 2 to 16 young

Distribution:

Central America, South America, Canada

Habitat:

Woodlands and grasslands

Diet:

Insescts, small mammals, fish, fruits, nuts, leaves, grasses and carrion.

Conservation Status:

Least Concern
Facts

Skunks in the wild tend to den in shallow burrows or hollow logs. In urban and suburban areas, skunks den beneath buildings, decks, dumps and woodpiles. They are capable of burrowing a den a foot or so underground, with well-hidden entrances. They like warm, dry, dark and defensible spots; most house basements and crawl spaces can qualify. They have an excellent sense of smell and hearing but their eyesight is poor.

 

Did you know?Skunks are able to spray with accuracy up to 5 metres, it only smells like rotten eggs, garlic or burning rubber! Although they are reluctant to use their smelly weapon as they only have enough of the chemical for 5 or 6 uses and require some 10 days to produce another supply.