Skunks are extremely adaptable and thrive in many different habitats, as long as food and shelter are available. Because they rarely travel more than 2 miles from their dens, a skunk will typically settle down within 2 miles of a water source.
Dens are made in tree hollows, hollowed out logs, brush piles, abandoned animal burrows, and underneath porches, sheds, pallets and other structures. Skunks will occasionally dig their own burrows underground if no other shelter options are available. They typically steal other animals existing dens.
Skunks are immune to snake venom
A skunk's spray is oil based and has a range of up to 12 feet, its odor can be detected up to 1.5 miles and can smell for four months.
Skunks eat wasps and honeybees, and will often attack beehives.
Although skunks have very poor eyesight, they can only see 2-3 feet, they have excellent senses of smell and hearing.
A group of skunks is called a surfeit.
Skunks are omnivores, which means they eat both meat and vegetation.
Until very recently, skunks were considered part of the Mustelid family, related to weasels, otters and badgers. Molecular analysis has determined that skunks should be recognized as a single family, Mephitidae,. Also, stink badgers, which live in Indonesia and the Philippines, have just recently been considered part of the skunk family.
The Eastern spotted skunk is the only skunk that can climb trees.
One in every 1000 people can not smell skunk spray, Some people think skunk spray smells good.
A male skunk is called a buck, female a doe, and a baby skunk a kit.
Skunks can run only 10 miles per hour.
Skunks worst enemies are humans, coyotes, bobcats and owls.
Tomato juice does not get rid of the odor of skunk spray.
Peroxide mixed with baking soda gets rid of skunk spray odor. Straight peroxide will also work.
Skunk claws are not sharp like a cat, they are more dog like. They are not used as a defense, they are used for digging.