Renee & Pepee our Skunks joined the Centre in spring 2016 as orphans having been hand reared at a rescue centre and not they have found there home here with us.
Striped skunks are native to North America and can be found from southern Canada to northern Mexico. They prefer to live in open areas with many occupying agricultural lands, though they have been spotted living in woodlands, plains, and even urban and suburban areas.
Skunks are docile in nature but famously known for their defence system—a foul smelling spray from two glands located near the base of the tail.
The average life expectancy of a striped skunk in the wild is about seven years old. In captivity, they can live up to 10 years.
Striped skunks are best described as omnivorous, opportunistic feeders – meaning they eat what is seasonally available. Their diet is primarily insectivorous during the spring and summer seasons when grasshoppers, beetles, crickets, bees and other arthropods are abundant. They switch to a carnivorous diet for the colder months. They will consume small mammals and prey on ground-nesting hatchlings and eggs in the winter.
Skunks’ smelly spray can travel as far as ten feet. While unpleasant, the musk causes no permanent damage to its victims.
The name Mephitis is derived from the Latin word mephit, which means “bad odour.”
Striped skunks have few natural predators; most predators are repelled by the odour of their musk.