Is not it odd that while many men and women find skunks to be a nuisance and would like to get rid of them, they continue to be a cute little skunk to others? Many children would jump at the chance to have their very own pet skunk. Despite their odor, you may hear kids crying”Oh, can I keep it?” And believe you me, they would do just about anything to have one as a pet. While skunks may be rather cute, they’re still wild animals and I wouldn’t recommend that they are kept as pets. If your kid loves skunks, you may wish to stay with a tamer plush pet.
Many people would find it ridiculous, but these animals have a whole lot of advantages that you might like to think about. So next time you are wondering of how in the world you can rid your lawn of the white striped animal, try thinking of how you may reap the benefits from their existence.
These mammals can help keep down the number of rodents like; rodents, shrews, and moles around your property. Other animals they eat include frogs, snakes, and lizards.
The most commonly found skunk in america is about the size of a house cat. It has long black fur with 1 or two white stripes running down its back and tail. If you reside in New Mexico, Texas or Arizona you will see the hog nosed or hooded skunk.
Skunks are active after dark, so you might not find any during the day even in places where they’re populated. They like to hide in safe places like in timber piles, dens and burrows.They usually mate in January, with the feminine becoming rather aggressive and spraying that smelly liquid as a defense mechanism to chase away the males. The mother skunk will then have up to 10 offspring in May or June. The new babies will stay hidden in the den for approximately two months and then they will begin after their mother out to hunt for food.
The problems between man and the animal come in if these animals start coming to individual interests.This conflict really goes to new heights when the creature takes shelter inside houses spraying the home owners. Occasionally pets are sprayed with the smelly liquid during a confrontation. Sometimes the pet gets bitten. These animals can also be destructive to gardens and lawns through digging. They tend to uproot plants as they look for food and grub together with other insects. They’re also known to eat the eggs of ground laying birds, this includes chicken eggs.
In California, they are rated the greatest carriers of rabies, ticks and fleas. Rabies can be deadly to mammals including humans. So in the event that you have discovered a family of skunks around your house, you need to understand how to protect yourself and your pets.
If you do not want skunks around afterward, discourage skunks from even considering to take up home around your area.To make your yard less desirable to skunks, ensure that you keep all pet food and garbage locked up then remove any hiding places. Since what attracts these animals in residential areas is food, water and hiding areas, reducing or removing these items can dissuade them from coming in or taking up residence.
The best way to protect or prepare for coming in contact with any wild animal is to educate yourself about that particular species.