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European and American skunk

European and American skunk


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When you see it represented in cartoons, for example, the skunk it seems a rather friendly and outgoing animal, with a sociable character and willing to interact. This is not the case at all. This mammal, belonging to the mustelid family, has a character to say the least aggressive and certainly does not show pleasure in close encounters with human beings.

Everyone knows that the skunk "stinks", that is, it has its own typical acrid smell. It emanates it especially in moments when she is terrified and feels in danger. Even if it is difficult to "spot" this animal, being very shy, it was possible to understand which environments it prefers to frequent. There are different types, from mountain ones to those near inhabited or metropolitan centers.

Let's now get to know the skunk better, distinguishing immediately if it is a European specimen or American. There is a big difference, especially in terms of appearance. Both, however, produce that stinking liquid that their name recalls.

American skunk or skunk

The skunk is a distant relative of the European skunk but has its own characteristics that make it clearly distinguishable. When she is afraid or feels threatened by the approach of a potential enemy, the skunk produces a foul-smelling liquid just like its European counterpart, but otherwise there are not many points in common between these two animals. The skunk is a mammal with the strictly black and silky hair and shows streaks of a strong white color on the body. There are people who have even adopted specimens of skunks, not before having operated them so that they stop emitting the bad smell that make them unmistakable.

European skunk

This skunk is much more like a ferret than a skunk a hair generally dark brown or black, but only in some parts, in others, it is white or cream in color. To be precise, this mammal wears a sort of clear mask that covers its ears, cheeks and nose. The coat of the European skunk is also very silky, particularly thick in winter while much more sparse in summer.

The body of the skunks is tapered but they have the short and rather stocky legs, in general, females are much smaller than males. If for the latter we can also speak of dimensions such as i 60cm long, including the tail which measures a third of the total, for females it is necessary to go down to lengths of maximum 40 centimeters.

Skunk character

Don't be surprised to see some aggressive skunks, is their nature. Anyone who has had anything to do with them knows well that they are very friendly animals and that they do not give up biting to defend themselves if they feel threatened. It is the same conditions that lead this animal to emanate a strong and terrible smell, linked to the production of a liquid by the anal glands. Let me be clear, this is not a harmful, poisonous substance capable of damaging opponents, but simply annoying and driving them away.

Skunk: where it lives

Skunks eat at night as well they don't like to show themselves in public, with the risk of meeting even a human being, so it is very difficult to see them. They live hidden and isolated but also adapt to very different habitats.

We can find some European skunks in almost all countries of Europe, even in relatively inhospitable countries such as southern Sweden and Finland. In our country this mammal lives and thrives, it is widespread almost everywhere, in all regions except the insular ones. It can be installed in mountain areas, for example, but also near the sea, where there are many woods or on the plains. If we have to identify a skunk tendency, it is to go in search of wetlands, going to live near water sources.

Obviously all this does not apply to the skunk we mentioned earlier. Also called American skunk, this creature lives only and only on this continent.

Skunk: feeding

The skunk diet is one definitely carnivorous diet. In most cases these animals feed on animals such as rats, mice and rabbits, birds while also eating their eggs, and then frogs, lizards and snakes. To identify your prey the skunk uses its very refined sense of smell. When it reaches them, it bites them in the neck in a rather violent and ruthless way, so much so that if you lift it, you can also raise the grip that remains "embedded".

Thanks to this predator characteristic, the skunk can also capture animals much larger than her like large rabbits, for example. In times when it is not easy to get appetizing prey, skunks fall back on invertebrates or on vegetable meals based on berries and fruits.

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