Range (in red) of the skunk
Range (in red) of the skunk
 
 
Size of a new born skunk
Size of a new born skunk
 
 
All skunks are striped, even from birth
All skunks are striped, even from birth
 
 
A skunk is about the size of a cat
A skunk is about the size of a cat
 
 
A frightened skunk will hiss and raise its tail
A frightened skunk will hiss and raise its tail
 
 
Skunk smell is long-lasting and hard to erase
Skunk smell is long-lasting and hard to erase
 
 
A baby skunk with a bushy tail
A baby skunk with a bushy tail
 
Skunk
Topic(s):   Chaparral Animals, Desert Life, Forest Animals, Grassland Animals, Lewis & Clark Animals, Mammals, Prairie Animals, Savanna Animals, Woodland Animals
Quick Facts
Type of Animal mammal
Biome(s) savanna, chaparral, grassland, woodland
Habitat forest edges, deserts, prairies, farmlands, suburbs
Diet fruits, grasses, leaves, lizards, frogs, snakes, insects, worms, eggs
Male buck
Female sow
Baby kit
Group stench or surfeit
Life Span 7 years (wild); 10 years (captivity)
Predators foxes, cougars, coyotes dogs
Endangered no

The striped skunk is found almost everywhere in the United States. It is a very common animal. It likes to live in forests, woodlands and open areas. It also makes its home in the suburbs.

It is easy to recognize a skunk. It is black with long white stripes on its back. Its tail is a mixture of black and white. It is slow moving. The striped skunk has large claws on its front feet. These claws help a skunk to dig.

A skunk is nocturnal and sleeps during the day. When threatened, the striped skunk turns around, lifts its tail and sprays a strong scent at the predator. The spray may carry up to 10 feet. The spray is very smelly! The male skunk is solitary. It may mate with many females.

A baby striped skunk is born deaf and blind. It can spend up to a month in the den. The mother nurses the babies during this time.

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