What do Skunks eat? They eat insects and larvae, earthworms, grubs, small rodents, lizards, salamanders, frogs, snakes, birds, moles and eggs. They also commonly eat berries, roots, leaves, grasses, fungi and nuts" But we have found a darker side to skunks, we have video evidence taken in Virginia that skunks are more scavengers than we thought. These videos on this page show a skunk eating on a dead cat on the side of the road. This is goes beyond what was thought the natural food source for skunks in the wild. This is in a rural area, so no food shortage, habitat loss or other extremes are in play.
The Winter Life of the Skunk
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Habitat[ edit ] The striped skunk inhabits a wide variety of habitats, particularly mixed woodlands, brushy corners and open fields interspersed with wooded ravines and rocky outcrops. Some populations, particularly in northwestern Illinois, prefer cultivated areas over uncultivated ones. The most frequently consumed insects include grasshoppers, beetles, crickets, and caterpillars. In the winter and spring months, the striped skunk will supplement its diet with vertebrates such as white-footed mice , voles , eggs and the chicks of ground nesting birds. Chemical defense[ edit ] Like all skunks, the striped skunk possesses two highly developed scent glands, one on each side of the anus , which provides a chemical defense against predation.
Knowing Skunks’ Winter Habits and Achieving Animal Control
Characteristics The striped skunk is easily identified by the white stripe that runs from its head to its tail. Its stripes start with a triangle at the head and break into two stripes down its back. The stripes usually meet again and form one stripe at the base of their tail.
Does anyone suspect it may be the smell of propane leaking? What about peanuts in the shell? They always came near our townhomes because they like to eat birdseed that spills from the feeders. The occasional skunk has sprayed lose by but never in an area where we likely attracted them to. They do only spray as a last resort and watching the baby kits stomp when they want something to leave is about one of the most adorable things in nature to see.