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Skunks In Tennessee

Skunk Facts:Striped Skunk

Litter size: 4-8 kittens per year.

Black and white coloration and its unique ability to spray a smelly secretion has made the striped skunk well known.

Skunks prefer to live in timberland areas and pastures with good water sources.

They spend most of their days in dens and venture out at night to hunt.

In addition to the striped skunk, Tennessee is home to the spotted skunk.

Belong to the weasel family of carnivores.

Can emit a solid stream from 12 ft. away.

Dig for grubs in yards leaving behind small cone shaped holes.

February is the breeding season and are more active to being prone for road kill.

Physical Characteristics of Skunks

  • Average adult size 36-42 inches in length.
  • Average size 1.7-2.6 ft. in length. Size of an ordinary house cat.
  • Average weight: males 6-14 lbs, females 4-10 lbs.
  • Legs are short and stocky and have long sharp front claws which make them exceptional diggers.

Skunk Eating Habits

Skunks are omnivorous and eats fruits, seeds, nuts, insects, worms, small rodent eggs and reptiles.