There are eleven species of skunk, the striped skunk being the most well known. Skunks are famous for their ability to spray a foul smelling liquid at a would be predator. They produce the liquid from two glands either side of the anus and can spray up to 3 meters.  The liquid is made up of a concoction of different chemicals, once on an item of clothing or fur the smell will stay for a very long time. With such an effective defence the skunk does not need to be aggressive and are therefore are very placid creatures. They are closely related to weasels, ferrets, badgers and otters. Although classed as carnivores skunks in captivity eat about 90% fruit and vegetables, broccoli being a huge hit with our skunks. 


Striped Skunk

Mephitis mephitis