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Fun Skunk Facts for Kids
Check out our range of fun skunk facts for kids. Learn what they look like, what they eat, how powerful their scent is and much more. Read on for all kinds of interesting information about skunks!
- Skunks are mammals best known for their ability to spray an unpleasant scent as a form of defence.
- Their spray is strong enough for humans to notice it from miles away!
- There are around 10 different species of skunk, including hog nosed skunk, spotted skunk, hooded skunk and striped skunk.
- Most species have black and white striped fur but some are a different color.
- Larger species can reach lengths of around 94 cm (37 in).
- Skunks spend most of their time alone but will get together for warmth in dens or breeding.
- Skunks do not have great eyesight, struggling to see objects just 3 metres (10 feet) away.
- They make up for this with powerful hearing and a strong sense of smell.
- Although skunks can live as long as 10 years, they are more likely to survive for just 1 in the wild.
- Skunks are omnivores, eating both plants and animals. Examples of food they consume include lizards, frogs, worms, bees, rodents, insects, grass, leaves, nuts and berries.
- Newborn skunks are called kits.