Interesting facts about a skunk’s habitat

Of course everyone knows about the stench that often accompanies a skunk, but how much do you really know about a skunk’s habitat?  It’s certainly important to stay away from skunks, but observing them in their own natural habitat is very interesting.  There are 10 different skunk species and there are several different kinds of habitats that are preferable to each one.  In terms of size, skunks can range from one pound up to 20 pounds and from 15 to 40 inches.  The most common color of a skunk’s fur is black & white, although there are some varieties that are gray, brown or cream in color.  However, all skunks have stripes of some sort.  Some species have a white stripe across the back and the tail, while others have 2 smaller stripes.  There are even some species of skunks that have leg stripes.

The basics of a skunk’s habitat

Skunks can adapt to just about any environment, but most of them prefer wooded areas.  Some species of skunk prefer open or agricultural areas, while others would rather live in rocky areas.  Some varieties can even live in dry areas. In general though, skunks build their dens near water in either woods, prairies, or small, rocky caves.  Most skunks find a den that was built by another animal and set up shop inside.  They also don’t mind holing up in abandoned houses, under buildings, or in basements.

How food affects a skunk’s habitat

Skunks are omnivorous, which is the main reason they prefer wooded areas.  This type of habitat gives them plenty of access to both plants, like fruits and berries, and animal, like insects, rodents, frogs, bird eggs.  However, the growing trend of skunks living in city areas also shows how important a role food plays in their habitat.  The idea is very simple.  Skunks will live very close to a reliable source of food and water, even if that source is your outside trash can.  Skunks will eat just about anything they can find.

Other habits of skunks

The most interesting fact about skunks is that they are nocturnal.  This means that they only come out at night.  It also means that you may have difficulty catching a skunk if it’s living under your house or in your basement.  The good news about skunks is that they usually live alone, so dealing with a skunk problem usually means that there is only one animal to deal with.  However, if your home has attracted a pregnant mother skunk, then all of her baby skunks will be in the den with her.  It’s also fairly common for several female skunks to set up a den together during the winter. 

Another interesting fact about skunks is that they have very poor vision.  They can’t see anything more than 10 feet in front of them, which can really help if you’re trying to trap one.