Skunk spray liquid with a strong unpleasant smell
Skunks are mammals known for their ability to spray a liquid with a strong unpleasant smell.
Different species of skunk vary in appearance from black & white to brown or cream colored,but all have warning coloration.
Skunk species vary in size from about 15.6 to 37 in (40 to 94 cm) long and in weight from about 1.1 lb (0.50 kg) (spotted skunks) to 18 lb (8.2 kg) (hog-nosed skunks).
They have moderately elongated bodies with relatively short, well-muscled legs and long front claws for digging.
Although the most common fur color is black and white,
some skunks are brown or grey and a few are cream-colored. All skunks are striped, even from birth.
They may have a single thick stripe across back and tail, two thinner stripes,
or a series of white spots and broken stripes (in the case of the spotted skunk).
Some also have stripes on their legs.-Justplay
Skunks are crepuscular and solitary animals when not breeding, though in the colder parts of their range,
they may gather in communal dens for warmth.
During the day, they shelter in burrows which they can dig with their powerful front claws.
Males and females occupy overlapping home ranges through the greater part of the year,
typically 2 to 4 km2 (0.77 to 1.54 sq mi) for females and up to 20 km2 (7.7 sq mi) for males.
Skunks are not true hibernators in the winter, but do den up for extended periods of time.
However, they remain generally inactive and feed rarely, going through a dormant stage.
Over winter, multiple females (as many as 12) huddle together; males often den alone.
Often, the same winter den is repeatedly used.
Although they have excellent senses of smell and hearing, they have poor vision,
being unable to see objects more than about 3 m (10 ft) away, making them vulnerable to death by road traffic.
They are short-lived; their lifespan in the wild can reach seven years, with most living only up to a year.
In captivity, they may live for up to 10 years.
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