IDENTIFICATION

  • Colour: Black and white
  • Size: From 50 cm to 80 cm
  • Description: Stout, small animals with stumpy legs. They have small heads, short, pointed snouts, and small black eyes. Their most distinctive feature is the white stripes that run along their backs and extend to the tips of their long, fluffy tails.

SKUNK HABITAT

Skunks live in forest edges, woodlands, grasslands and deserts. They typically make their homes in abandoned burrows, but will also live in abandoned buildings, under large rocks and in hollow logs.

SKUNK DIET

Skunks are omnivorous, eating both plant and animal material and changing their diets as the seasons change. They eat insects, larvae, earthworms, grubs, rodents, lizards, salamanders, frogs, snakes, birds, moles, and eggs. They also commonly eat berries, roots, leaves, grasses, fungi and nuts.

SKUNK LIFE CYCLE

Skunks are polygamous, meaning they mate more than one member of the opposite sex. In the northeast, the breeding season begins in February and lasts through March. After mating, the male leaves the female and takes no part in the raising the young.

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