Did you know this about skunks?

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Skunks are the interesting and smelly animals that nobody wants around. In case you have ever been curious to learn more, but need to do it from a distance, here are some skunk facts for you to enjoy.

* They are nocturnal.

* Skunks generally weigh from just over 1 pounds. To just over 6 pounds.

They live from 7-10 years depending on their living conditions. Skunks have a tendency to live longer in captivity.

* Skunks have been proven to be carriers of rabies. This will happen if they are bitten by or eat an animal that is affected.

* Skunk spray does not carry rabies.

* Though they can spray up to 23 feet, they are only accurate up to 6 or 7 feet.

* The spray comes from the glands located on either side of the anus.

* Musk is just another name for the spray.

* A skunk may give warning signals before it sprays. These may include: raised tail, stomping of feet, stiff legs and arched back.

* Several females may share a territory, but usually only 1 male with live in a place.

* Skunks don’t have very good vision. So, if you encounter one, be silent and walk away.

They are non-confrontational for the most part. They usually spray in defense to a perceived threat.

* Males don’t help to raise their young.

They live in dens, under buildings and other spots they feel protected in.

* Skunks aren’t all bad, they like to eat the backyard bugs and slugs that damage your plants.

These are just some of the very fundamental skunk facts. They are extremely interesting animals and fun to learn about!

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