Our Animals

Skunk

Meet the skunks!

The sisters Flower, Penelope and Daisy are our wonderful striped skunks! The three of them prove that there is a lot of diversity when it comes to color, size, and personality with skunks. Flower is our easy to please and hard to ignore show “stomping” skunk. Penelope is our cute as a button, bashful little picky eater. Daisy is our feisty and slightly chunky girl who lives in mineshaft.

When you come to the park, Flower loves to strut her stuff during our shows! She can do all sorts of fun behaviors from going on free walks to standing on her hind legs. Penelope loves to come out and explore after the shows are done. She uses her excellent sense of smell to find grubs and other fun bugs in the grass. Daisy was once one of the skunks in the bird show! She is enjoying retirement in mineshaft and has a log that she had turned into a cozy den. Skunks are nocturnal after all!

The skunk life

 

Did you know that there are four different species of skunk in North America? There are striped skunks, spotted skunks, hog nosed skunks, and hooded skunks! These cute little stinkers all have that famous defense mechanism; their spray. Their oily spray comes from two glands called anal glands and skunks are capable of spraying at just three weeks old. As they mature skunks learn how to aim and fire their spray directly at a predator, or quite frequently the curious and not skunk savvy dog. But skunks don’t want to spray you! They can only spray a few times in a week, so they have to be careful to not spray too much. Skunks will give lots of warning signs before they decide it’s time to spray. Striped and hooded skunks will both stomp their feet at the predator and even dash towards them. Sometimes they’ll make little hissing noises too. Spotted skunks will go above and beyond by doing a handstand to warn the predator! The handstand makes them look bigger and more threatening, which is good considering these guys are the smallest skunk species.

Skunks are a very important part of our ecosystems. They are opportunistic omnivores. This means that they eat lots of things from fruits and veggies to meat. Skunks do a great job of keeping rodent and insect populations down. They will eat lots of mice, cockroaches, and wasps! But because they are opportunistic eaters be careful not to leave cat food out at night. Skunks will smell the cat food and come to your door step to eat it. Cat food is not only unhealthy for skunks, but if too many animals come by to eat the food they can end up getting each other sick. Remember, wild animals are great at finding food on their own!

So come say hello to our little lady skunks! You won’t be disappointed.,

Common Name Striped Skunk

Scientific Name Mephitis mephitis

Type Mammal

Status Least Concern

Diet Omnivore

Geographic Range North America

Life Span Wild: 3-5 Captive: 8-10

Offspring 1 to 9 kits are possible. However, 3 to 6 kits is an average litter size.