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. More »

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 a... More » Pets & Animals Mammals

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 Sou... More »

There are many different species of skunk, which break down into four distinct genera; species in the genus conepatus include the hog-nosed skunks, while the genus mephitis contains a hooded and striped skunk, the genus ... More »

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. More »

A skunk's coloring is not meant to blend in to its surroundings. Unlike the coats of many other animals, it is not used for camouflage. Research suggests that this distinct coat color may serve as a warning to other pred... More »

The most common type of wild skunk, the striped skunk, is native to North America and ranges all throughout the United States and into parts of Mexico and Canada. Skunks live in a wide array of habitats, including grassl... More » Pets & Animals Mammals