Birthing: 2-12 (average 5) young in March-June
Eyes opened: 17-21 days
Weaning (beg-end): 3-8 weeks
Active: Night time; year-round
Diet: Insects, rodents
The skunk is probably the best known but least understood mammal in North America, and can be found throughout the US, except in desert areas. Four kinds of skunks are native to the United States: most commonly found in Virginia is the Striped Skunk (Mephitis mephitis), and occasionally the Eastern Spotted Skunk (Spilogale putorius). The other two species are the Hog-Nosed skunk “Rooter Skunk” (Conepatus mesoleucus), and the Hooded Skunk (Mephitis macroura), which are both confined to the extreme southwest.
I’ve been gone on vacation and a skunk has sprayed around my house. What happened?
I saw a skunk in my yard. What should I do?
This is not cause for alarm. Remove any attractants like preferred habitat, pet food left outside, garbage, or close in any elevated outbuildings. The skunk will probably keep to himself and move on before long. Check for any signs of digging a den.
I think a skunk has been in my garden! Should I worry?
I have trapped a skunk! Now what should I do?
More about skunks
As most people know, skunks are those funny, furry, white, and black mammals that can cause a stink when they are cornered or threatened. But what most don’t know, is that there’s technically twelve types of skunks: the Striped Skunk, the Hooded Skunk, the Western...
The skunk is probably the best known but least understood mammal in North America, and can be found throughout the US, except in desert areas.