Spotted Skunk

Geographic Range: Throughout the eastern U.S., Canada, and Mexico.
Status:
Listed as a threatened species in MN in 1996. In 1946 there were approximately 19,400 animals, by 1965, less than 1,000. A maximum of 6 eastern spotted skunks have been documented in the last 20 years in Minnesota.
Length: 16–23 in Life Span: 1-2 years in the wild/6 years in captivity
Description:
Characteristic bushy tail, black and white pelage, and pungent odor. The eastern spotted skunk has a complex pattern of white spots or broken stripes and generally has a white-tipped tail.
Habitat: Eastern spotted skunks are generally found in open lands with sufficient cover, such as fencerows, shelterbelts, thickets, brush, and riparian woodlands. In agricultural areas they use buildings, corncribs, trash piles, rock piles, and haystacks for cover and den sites.
Typical Diet: They are generally insectivorous, but also opportunistic feeders and will eat almost anything they can find, including carrion, birds, eggs, small mammals, lizards, snakes, frogs, fruits, corn, and garbage.
Similar Species: Striped skunks
Special Notes:
*Eastern spotted skunks spend the winter in dens/not true hibernators
*They are social, non-territorial animals
*Mating usually takes place in April, of 4-6 young are born in July
*The young are weaned after about 54 days
*During the winter, small rodents are their primary food source
*Mainly nocturnal, and escapes by climbing a tree or freezing in place
*Can balance on its forefeet, with hind legs and tail in the air to spray
*Store about 1 tablespoon of liquid, they can spray five times in row
*It takes about one week to replenish the liquid