Thanks to Mrs. Law's First Grade Class for asking about skunks.
Of course we don't raise skunks on the ranch, but we know they live here. We don't see them very often because they are "nocturnal". That means that they usually come out in the dark. We can tell that they are here by smelling their strong odor.
This spotted skunk was cared for at Jeannie's Rehab Center.
Skunks can only be found in the Americas - from Canada to the tip of South America. There are four kinds of skunks:
striped skunks (like in the drawing above)
hog nosed skunks
spotted skunks (as shown in the pictures below)
- Wild animals can be very dangerous, especially if they are sick. Never try to pick one up. If you see one then call an adult.
The name "skunk" comes from the Algonquian Indian word "segonku". They are sometimes called "polecats".
They do not "hibernate" like bears do. "Hibernate" means to sleep through the winter.
Skunks spray their enemies with oily yellow musk when they are angry or afraid. Sometimes tomato juice helps to wash off the smelly musk.
Skunks eat insects, worms, snakes, mice, eggs, fruit and vegetables.
Mother skunks usually have litters of six.
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