Facts About Striped Skunks
Skunks are crepuscular, being active mainly at dawn and dusk.
The only skunk not in the Americas is the Asian stink badger.
Skunks typically live 3 years in the wild, 15 years in captivity.
Skunk weights vary wildly, from 2.5 pounds to 15 pounds.
The bushy tail can be up to 10 inches long.
Skunks won't spray in their own dens.
Owls have a poor sense of smell; the great horned owl is the skunk's main predator.
Skunks can spray several times in rapid succession.
Skunks have poor vision, but acute hearing and smell (how ironic).
Skunks are slow, only running up to 10 mph.
Skunks love honey, relying on their thick fur to protect from stings. But first they eat the guard bees that come out to protect the hive.
When threatened, skunks often stamp their feet. Cute—but run!