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Skunks belong to the Mephitidae family and are native to North and Central America.  They are mild-tempered, mostly nocturnal mammals that defend themselves only when cornered or attacked.  There are several species, two of which are Mephitis mephitis is commonly known as a "striped skunk" and Spilogale putorius, the "spotted skunk" or "polecat".

Skunks are about the size of a pet cat or small dog.  While most commonly black and white, some species are brown, grey or even cream-coloured. Their typical black fur is accented by white stripes or spots.  Some species have a single thick stripe that runs across their tail and back, two thinner stripes, stripes on their legs, or elongated spots.  Looking very much like the tail of a fox, the skunk has a tall, bushy tail that curls like that of a squirrel.  The name "skunk" comes for the Algonquian language "squunck".  

 

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Anatomy of Striped Skunk

Anatomy of Striped Skunk - Animal Fact Sheet

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Did you know... 

that the colourization of skunks acts as a "warning" signal?  A number of animals have warning signals, or "aposematism", the skunk being one of them.  Just as a pretty, bright flower lures in pollinators, some animals have warning signals that warn predators to avoid potential harm.  While not all animals that have warning signals actually have anything to harm their predators with, the skunk is equipped with a spray liquid having an intense smell.  Produced in glands under its tail, a skunk's spray is an oily liquid containing a musky smelling methyl mercaptan that is very offensive.  If sprayed in the eyes, it can cause pain, irritation and temporary blindness.  A spray can travel as far as fifteen feet and can be detected as far away as a mile!  Skunks can spray about five or six times and then their glands need a couple of days to make more oil.

 

Striped Skunk on grass

Skunk - 1  Hunting for grubs in the grass.
Notice that the white stripes have longer hair than the black fur.

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Did you know... 

that skunks are omnivores?  Their diets change according to the seasons.  Farmers love skunks since they feed on agricultural and garden pests.  Foraging at night, skunks enjoy insects, earthworms, grubs, frogs, birds, eggs, roots, berries, fungi and nuts to name a few items.  In urban areas, skunks can be a nuisance as they raid human garbage.  The skunks in my neighbourhood dig up lawns looking for grubs.  One might awaken to see large holes in your grass or even large chunks of sod missing where skunks have rolled back the lawn looking for tasty morsels.

 

Striped skunk looking for grubs on lawn.

Skunk - 2  Hunting for grubs in the grass.

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Skunk looking for grubs in grass.

Skunk - 3  Hunting for grubs in the grass.

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Did you know... 

that skunks love honeybees!  Mother skunks teach their young to scrape open beehives and then eat the bees that come out of the hive.  Their thick fur protects them from bee stings!

Did you know... 

that mother skunks are single parents?  The male of this species plays no part in raising the offspring.

 

 

Head front feet of skunk.

Skunk - 4

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Pad of skunk hind leg.

Skunk - 5  Hind Foot Pad

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Skunks tracks will appear as five toes on the front foot and five on the back.  Front feet have longer claws used for digging for roots and insects.

 

 

What to do if sprayed by a skunk ?

WARNING - I am not a specialist in these matters.  This is for information purposes only.  Use this recipe at your own risk.  Always consult a medical authority if you have been sprayed in the eyes!

The faster you begin to remove the spray oil, the more completely you can remove the odour.  According to the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, one should act quickly.  They recommend the following home remedy:

- one quart of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide solution;
- 1/4 cup of baking soda (bicarbonate of soda);
- 1 teaspoon of a liquid soap known for its degreasing qualities.

Mix the solution in a large, open container.  Never use a closed container or store the solution - the solution has a possibility of exploding!!  The mixture will bubble because of the chemical reaction between the baking soda and the hydrogen peroxide.  Use the mixture while it is still bubbling.  Apply the solution to infected object - human, canine, feline, garage, car, etc., work into a lather, and leave on for 30 minutes.  After washing with this solution, follow with a long hot shower.  Repeat as necessary.  Keep the solution away from eyes, nose and mouth!  It's worth mentioning again, Do NOT use a closed container!

 

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"If all the beasts 
were gone,
 men would die from 
a great loneliness 
of spirit, 
for whatever happens 
to the beasts 
also happens to the man.  
All things are connected.  Whatever befalls 
the Earth 
befalls the sons 
of the Earth."

~ Chief Seattle 
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to a mute creature 
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Just as one wants happiness 
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and not die, 
so do other creatures."

~ His Holiness 
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towards our fellow creatures 
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 but to be indifferent to them.  that's the essence 
of inhumanity."

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