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How many stripes do skunks have?
Striped skunks have an easily identifiable coloration: two thick white stripes along the back and tail sharply contrast an otherwise black coat.
Are there skunks without a white stripe?
American Hog-Nosed Skunk Conepatus leuconotus/American Hog Nosed Skunk. These are skunk with no stripes and instead, it has a single, broad white coat of fur from the top of the head to the base of the tail, with the tail itself being completely white.
Which skunks have stripes?
Striped and North American hog-nosed skunks have a single white stripe running down their backs, but striped skunks’ single stripe splits into two, with their tails covered with short black and white hairs.
Are striped skunks rare?
Striped skunks are common throughout their range, but population estimates for other species are uncertain. The Eastern spotted skunk may be on the decline throughout its range, but no skunks are listed as endangered species.
What do skunks hate?
It may seem ironic, but skunks hate certain odors (as if they have room to judge). Citrus, ammonia, mothballs and predator urine (dog, coyote, etc) are three smells that can scare off skunks. If you use mothballs or ammonia-soaked cotton balls, be sure to keep them far away from children.
Can skunks climb?
Although it can climb up wire mesh, fences, and boards, it seldom climbs trees – the long nails are a definite handicap in climbing. The spotted skunk on the other hand, is an excellent climber, able to climb a tree with ease. Skunks molt their fur just once a year, starting in April.
How do you get a skunk to leave?
Repellants may also be effective in skunk deterrence. Mild repellents, such as used kitty litter, can be placed near or inside the den to one side so the skunk has to pass them to get out; commercial or homemade capsaicin or castor oil repellents may also be tried.
How do you tell if a skunk is a boy or girl?
Male skunks tend to be slightly larger than female skunks, but the difference may not be significant. It is typically a difference of just a few inches or pounds. Furthermore, if you see one skunk alone and have nothing to compare it to, this is not an effective means of identification.
How long does a skunk live?
Skunks typically live 3 years in the wild, 15 years in captivity. Skunk weights vary wildly, from 2.5 pounds to 15 pounds. The bushy tail can be up to 10 inches long. Skunks won’t spray in their own dens.
Where do skunks go during the day?
Skunk Habits, Diet and Biology They usually spend their days sleeping in dens, although during the warm months they may bed in vegetation. Dens are usually below ground but may be found in a stream or pond banks, lumber piles, or beneath porches or in crawl spaces.