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  • The black and white coloration of the striped skunk and its unique ability to spray a smelly secretion from up to 12 feet away has made them well known.
  • Skunks prefer to live in timberland areas and pastures with good water sources.
  • Skunks have a litter size of 4-8 kittens per year.
  • They spend most of their days in dens and venture out at night to hunt; they dig for grubs in yards leaving behind small cone shaped holes.
  • In addition to the striped skunk, Tennessee is also home to the spotted skunk.
  • Skunks belong to the weasel family of carnivores.
  • February is the breeding season for skunks; which results in them becoming more active and prone to being killed on the road.

Physical Characteristics

  • 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.

Eating Habits

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