Infamous for their unique defense mechanism, skunks are one smelly creature. This unique critter releases a scent to ward off predators and stay safe, and it not only smells offensive but can blind predators (or you, if you startle it) from up to 10 feet away. It's important not to approach skunks if you see them tearing up your garden and surrounding landscape because they can scratch or spray you. Call Wildlife X Team® at (855) WILDLIFE today to get your skunk problem under control.
Common Skunk Problems
Skunks may be cute and seem a little dopey, but they can still pose a threat to homeowners.
- Scavenging for food in city and country areas
- Secreting their stench
- Ripping up landscapes to find food, which damages flower bulbs and other plants
Are Skunks Really Important to Get Rid of?
Skunk spray can blind whoever it hits, especially at a short distance, so it is very important to deal with skunks as soon as the problem arises. Skunks can damage landscapes and cause costly damage, so call Wildlife X Team® at (855) WILDLIFE today for help with the skunk removal process!
More About Skunks
- Skunks (also known as polecats) are most commonly known for their ability to secrete a foul, strong-smelling odor from their rear end when they feel threatened.
- There are 11 known species of skunk in the world, with most of these skunk species inhabiting the American continent. Two of these skunk species are found in Indonesia and the Philippines. The color of the skunk can vary from the typical black and white to gray, cream and even brown. However, all skunks are striped and baby skunks are even born with their striped markings regardless of their color.
- The average skunk is between 40 and 70cm in height and weighs about the same as a domestic cat. The skunk hunts insects, small birds, and mammals. Skunks also commonly eat berries, roots, grasses, and fungi in order to supplement their diet.
- Baby skunks are born blind and completely toothless, with the eyes of the baby skunk not opening until the skunk is a few weeks old. The baby skunks are also unable to use their defensive spray when they are first born. When the skunk is a couple of weeks old, the skunks spraying ability develops just before its eyes open.
- Skunks are generally solitary animals and only really come together to breed. In colder regions, however, skunks have been known to inhabit communal burrows in order to try to keep each other warm. Most skunks hide in burrows during the day which the skunk digs out with its long front claws.
- Skunks have excellent smell and hearing, skunks are known to have very poor vision and can only see objects that are right in front of them. With the introduction of cars, numerous skunks have been killed on the roads as the skunks can not see the cars coming towards them until it is too late.
- Female skunks usually give birth to their babies in the hotter month of May after a gestation period of a couple of months. The female skunk digs out a burrow in which to give birth to her skunk babies (kits) and the baby skunks will usually stay with their mother until they are about a year old and are old enough to mate themselves.