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About Skunks

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About Striped Skunks

Striped Skunks are currently considered to be on the “Least Concern” section of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species [1]. However, proper conservation is important, regardless of the species’ endangerment state.


Striped Skunks have thick, black fur with a white stripe that runs down from their neck and splits into two stripes (running down each side of the Skunk) just past the Skunk’s shoulders. Striped Skunks also have a thin, white stripe that runs along the top of their forehead down to the tip of their snout. They have strong, straight front paws that help the Skunk rip apart trees and shrubs in their search for food and helps it dig a den for shelter. On average a grown Striped Skunk weighs around 3.25 kg (7.17 lb.) [2].


Striped Skunk are native to North America, and can be found up North (Northwest Territories and Nunavut) all the way down to Central Mexico. The Striped Skunk generally prefers to live in open areas with a mix of habitat like forest and grasslands [3]. In general Striped Skunks are found at elevations from sea level to 1,800 meters, but have been documented as high as 4,200 meters [4].


Striped Skunks are omnivores, and will eat anything from fruit and plants to eggs, small mammals, insects, reptiles, and even fish [5].


Skunks typically mate in early spring. They do not mate for life, and so one male will mate with more than one female. Generally there are between two and ten young born per litter. When they are born, skunk kits are blind and deaf. After just one week, they can begin to use their stink glands for defense [6]. On average a Striped Skunk will live up to three years in the wild [2].


Striped Skunks are nocturnal. They are timid, non-aggressive animals that will not spray unless they have been provoked [7].


  1. http://tracker.cci.fsu.edu/skunk/about/what/
  2. http://www.canadiangeographic.ca/kids/animal-facts...
  3. http://www.nhptv.org/natureworks/stripedskunk.htm
  4. http://www.biokids.umich.edu/critters/Mephitis_mep...
  5. http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mamm...
  6. http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Skunk
  7. http://tracker.cci.fsu.edu/skunk/about/who/