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Skunk Gifts

Skunks are mammals best known for their ability to secrete a liquid with a strong, foul-smelling odor. Although the most common fur color is black and white, some skunks are brown or gray, and a few are cream-colored. All skunks are striped, even from birth. They may have a single thick stripe across back and tail, two thinner stripes, or a series of white spots and broken stripes (in the case of the spotted skunk). Some also have stripes on their legs.

Skunk Facts

Skunk Facts

- The scientific name of the striped skunk, Mephitis Mephitis is derived from a Latin word that means “poisonous vapor”.

- Skunks live in Indonesia, the Philippines, and the Americas.

- There are 10 subspecies of skunks, divided into 4 genera: hooded and striped skunks, spotted skunks, stink badgers and hog-nosed skunks.

- Skunks are omnivorous.

- Skunks cannot see clearly any objects more than 10 feet away, making them particularly vulnerable to traffic.

- A baby skunk is called a kit

- Fewer than 10% of skunks survive for longer than 3 years, although captive skunks live much longer.

- Skunks only carry enough spray for 5 to 6 uses, and require 10 days to resupply their store.

- Many animals don’t attack skunks, out of fear of being sprayed. However, the great horned owl has a nearly non-existent sense of smell, and has no issue attacking a skunk.

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