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Skunks and Their Smelly Spray  

Even if you’ve never seen a skunk, you’ve probably smelled its scent. Skunks live throughout the United States in woodland areas, near farms and even in cities. They’re shy animals that don’t want a fight, but if bothered, they’ll spray their enemies with a terrible smell.

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All About Skunks: They live throughout the United States in woodland areas, near farms and even in cities.

Skunks, like raccoons, are omnivores. They eat fish, clams, insects, fruit, vegetables, lizards, and birdseed. They have long claws to dig with and they’re very smart. A skunk will roll a furry caterpillar in the dirt to get rid of its irritating hairs before eating it.

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Skunks are omnivores. They eat fish, clams, insects, fruit, vegetables, lizards, and birdseed

Fun Facts about Skunks for Kids

  • Most skunks are black with two white stripes down their backs. A few are spotted white and black all over.
  • Skunks get into garbage cans and compost bins. They eat pet food and will raid a vegetable garden.
  • Skunks have glands on their bottom that spray their stinky smell. Skunks can spray up to 12 feet away. The smell can last for up to four months!
  • Skunks live in old tree stumps, under logs or in dens. Sometimes they crawl into people’s attics or basements.
  • Skunks are nocturnal. They sleep during the day and look for food at night.
  • Most skunks only live two or three years. They are often hit by cars or killed by dogs, coyotes, owls or bobcats.
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They’re shy animals that don’t want a fight, but if bothered, they’ll spray their enemies with a terrible smell.

Skunk Vocabulary

  1. Scent: An animal’s smell
  2. Enemy: An animal that might hurt a skunk
  3. Omnivore: Eats both meat and plants
  4. Gland: A small opening which releases skunk spray
  5. Nocturnal: Sleeps during the day

Learn More All About Skunks

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A video about facts about skunks as pets.

 Skunk Q&A

Question: Do skunks spray humans very often?

Answer: Skunks would rather run away or climb a tree than spray a human. They only spray as a last defense. As long as you leave them alone, they’ll leave you alone.

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Question: Are skunks dangerous?

Answer: Skunks eat insects and rodents so they’re actually helpful. But they are wild animals. Sometimes they carry diseases and they’ll scratch or bite if trapped.

 

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