SUPER SURPRISE THURSDAY #55
We’re heading out our own back door and into the woods to find today’s super surprise animal. As we’re hiking, be on the lookout and keep your distance, because this animal has one stinky defense!
MEET THE STRIPED SKUNK!
Diet: Omnivore: fruits, seeds, fish
Length/Weight: 22-30”/ 5 ½-14lb
Conservation Status: common
- Striped skunks are solitary.
- They are known for their stinky defense system. Striped skunks will stand on their front feet and spray a predator with a very foul smelling liquid!
- Striped skunks’ main predator is the Great Horned Owl because the owl has no sense of smell.
- They are crepuscular (active at dawn and dusk).
- Young striped skunks stay with their mother’s for almost a year.
- Striped skunks winter in dens and burrows.
These stinky little mammals are really cute! It is best to watch them from a distance or from inside the house, you certainly don’t want to encounter the wrong end of these animals!