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Skunk Behaviour: Myths, Dens and Range

Skunk Behaviour

Skunks are nocturnal, and are solitary animals when not breeding, though in the colder parts of their range they may gather in communal dens for warmth. During the day they shelter in burrows that they dig with their powerful front claws or in other man-made or natural hollows as the opportunity arises. Both sexes occupy overlapping home ranges through the greater part of the year; typically 2 to 4 km² for females, up to 20 km² for males.

Unlike the fictional “Flower” in the movie Bambi, real skunks do not hibernate in the winter. However they do remain generally inactive and feed rarely. They often over winter in a huddle of one male and multiple (as many as twelve) females. The same winter den is often repeatedly used.

Although they have excellent senses of smell and hearing-vital attributes in a nocturnal carnivore-they have poor vision. They cannot see objects more than about 3 meters away with any clarity, which makes them very vulnerable to road traffic. Roughly half of all skunk deaths are caused by humans, as road kill, or as a result of shooting and poisoning. They are short-lived animals: fewer than 10% survive for longer than three years.

Skunks prefer to build thier home in sheltered areas.

Skunks prefer to build thier home in sheltered areas.

Source: http://www.wikipedia.com/