Skunks are mammals that are known for their distinctive
black and white coloring and their offensive odor.
Other Names: Civet Cat and Polecat
Skunk in Foreign Languages:
Chinese Mandarin: chòuyòu
Estonian: skunk, vinuk
Finnish: haisunäätä / skunkki
French: moufette / putois
German: Stinktier / Skunk
Hungarian: buzös borz
Isthmus Zapotec: be'te'
Norwegian: skunk / stinkdyr
Plains Apache: dookatsi´ltshesá
Portuguese: cangambá/ / gambá
Romansch: scunc m
Roman: tvor m
Spanish: mofeta / zorro hediondo
Size: Skunks weigh 7 oz to 14 lbs. Male skunks
are larger than the females.
Habitat: Skunks are found in North and South
America. Skunks are highly adaptable. Skunks will live
in a variety of open, scrub, wooded, agricultural, and
Behavior: Skunks are nocturnal.
Senses: Skunks have excellent smell and hearing,
skunks are known to have very poor vision.
Description: While skunks are known for their
bold black and white coloring, different species can
be found in a variety of colors from from black-and-white
to brown or cream colored.
Diet: Skunks eats just about anything including:
eggs, insects, fruits, rodents, dead animals, and more.
Communication: Skunks communicate through
high-pitched growls and body language.
Did You Know?
Skunks produce a spray that is an oily
liquid produced by glands under its
Gestation: Skunks carry their young for 7 to
Birth: Skunks give birth to litters of 4 to
7 kit in a litter. Skunks are born toothless, blind.
After approximately 3 weeks skunks will open their eyes.
Sexually Mature: Skunks are sexually mature
by one year of age.
Life Span: Skunks typically live about
three years in the wild. Skunks can live up to
10 years in captiviity. Owls, coyote, and wild
cats all prey on skunks.
Did You Know?
Skunks are able to spray within one
month of their birth.
Social Structure: Skunks are solitary creatures.
Skunks come together only during the breeding season
and during winter months when they will share a den.