Canada, U.S., northern Mexico
Woodlands, grasslands, deserts, forest edges
Fruit, plants, insects, larvae, worms, eggs, reptiles, small mammals, and fish
Body is 8 to 19 inches long, tail is 5 to 15 inches long
Kits are born with their eyes sealed shut; they open at about 3 weeks old.
When a skunk sprays, you can smell the odor about one mile away.


A Good Stink



Most people and animals try to stay away from skunks because they don’t want to get sprayed with stink. That’s great for skunks, because it helps keep them safe!


When a skunk feels threatened, it lifts its tail and arches its back to make itself look bigger. Sometimes it even stamps its feet to frighten trouble away. If the invading animalAny living thing that is not a plant. Most animals can move about freely. All use plants or other animals as food. All have sensory organs. doesn’t leave, the skunk turns around and shoots a smelly spray from openings under its tail. The spray can reach up to 10 feet away. The oily liquid stings a predatorAn animal that hunts and kills other animals for its food.’s eyes and nose, giving the skunk time to escape.  


No one likes the smell of a skunk around their home, but these black-and-white animals are actually good neighbors. They eat insects and small rodents that can be pests to humans.