Pictures of skunks, including a baby skunk, that I've taken at my house.
Species: There are 13 different species of skunk: The Striped, Hooded, Wester Hog-Nosed, Eastern Hog-Nosed and Andes skunk to name a few.
Lifespan: The average lifespan of a wild skunk is 3-4 years. I captivity they live to be 8-10 years.
Size & Weight: The average skunk has the body length of 8-19 inches and weighs 7-14 lbs. They are roughly the size of a housecat!
Habitat:Skunks are highly adaptable little creatures and can survive in a variety of different habitats. Regardless, differnt species do have different preferences for the habitats they choose. The Western Spotted skunk, for example, is more tolerant to hot dry climates than the other species. Most skuks can be found in the forest where they use hollows in logs and the dens of other animals as their homes.
Diet: Skunks are omnivores, which means that they eat plants and animals. They prefer to eat insects, such as grubs and beetles, but also eat plants, fruit, birds eggs, and carrion.
Family Life: Male skunks are solitary, but female skunks will den together during the cold winter months.
Skunks stompt heir front feet and put their tail straight up to warn their predators before they spray!
Not all skunks are black and white, some have brown fur!