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Where do skunks live?

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The common striped skunk is a North American native found throughout the U.S. and into Central Canada and Northern Mexico. Some skunk species, like the hog-nosed skunk and spotted skunk, can be found further south in South and Central America.

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Where do skunks live?
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Skunks make their homes within two miles of a source of water, and will typically only roam no more than 0.5 to 1.5 miles from their dens. Skunks can live in open prairies, brush, grasslands, woods and even in developed areas throughout their range.

Skunks dig a den or will take over a den that has been abandoned by a woodchuck or fox. They also live in hollow logs, brushes, wood piles and under buildings and porches.

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