Skunks do not hibernate. They do, however, reduce their activity levels by sleeping more. If they are not snowed in, they leave their den daily to forage. True hibernators remain asleep until the weather warms.Continue Reading
Sleeping more is an effective strategy to prevent winter starvation. When an animal is asleep, its metabolic rate is lower, so it requires less food.
Skunks are not particularly sociable animals, but they may make an exception in the coldest parts of winter. Several skunks huddle together in a single den for warmth. This is usually a large group of females with a single male. They use the same winter den repeatedly over the course of many years.Learn more about Mammals
The lifespan of a skunk in the wild is 2 to 4 years, although skunks in captivity have been recorded living up to 15 years. As many as 90 percent of all baby skunks die during their first winter.Full Answer >
The spotted skunk has excellent climbing skills, while the striped skunk has limited climbing abilities. Striped skunks are unable to climb up table legs or jump onto tables.Full Answer >
Skunks are preyed upon by many different species, including pumas, civets, coyotes, foxes, lynx, American badgers and various birds of prey. Skunks defend against predation through warning coloration and the ability to spray a sticky, foul-smelling fluid from their anal glands, which is strongly irritating to eyes. However, birds of prey are less intimidated by a skunk's defenses because their sense of smell is typically much weaker than mammalian predators'.Full Answer >
A skunk's spray is an oily liquid produced in glands that are located under its tail. The skunk ejects this liquid when it's threatened by predators. Skunks have high accuracy when spraying within 10 feet and can spray as far as 25 feet with lower accuracy.Full Answer >