Striped Skunk at Jimmy’s Farm & Wildlife Park
The skunk is nocturnal meaning they are normally active at night searching for food with its keen sense of smell. At sunrise it retires to it’s den. While the male dens by itself, several females may live together.
Skunks are from the same family as ferrets, the family is called Mustelids.
All Mustelids have anal musk glands that are used to express aggression or displeasure scent. However, skunks have developed this capacity to the extreme! The musk glands of the Striped Skunk are about the size of a grape and are surrounded by powerful sphincter muscles. When the animal is annoyed or frightened, it can spray scent as a fine cloud/mist or as a direct concentrated stream of spray as far as 4.8 metres.
|Life span||10-12 years|
|Range||North America and Canada|
|Diet||Meat, mealworms, crickets,chopped fruits and vegetables|
Immune to snake venom, skunks are known to eat poisionous snakes like rattlesnakes
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