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Actual Size: Approximately 8 – 19″ long; weighing 7 ounces to 14 lbs

Characteristics: Furry; black with white stripes.

Habitat: Will construct dens or utilize abandoned burrows.  Attracted to residential areas and will construct dens under decks, porches, or beneath buildings.


  • Carries many diseases including rabies.
  • Will attack beehives, not for honey, but to feed on bees.
  • Skunks can shoot their sulfur-smelling defense mechanism up to 10 feet out of their anal glands.

Skunks in Salina

The average skunk is about the size of an adult cat; its’ fur is mostly black with a distinctive white stripe on top of the head and neck. Skunks in Salina are known to produce an oily, yellow sulfur-alcohol compound that stinks to high heaven. This pungent liquid is stored in two separate scent glands located on each side of the anus and can be squirted accurately at targets as far as 6 to 10 feet away as a self-defense mechanism. The secretion is acrid enough to cause nausea and can even cause severe burns and temporary blindness if it strikes the eyes.

Skunk Habitat

Skunks construct dens in burrows and will often use abandoned burrows dug by ground squirrels, foxes, or coyotes. Urban skunks den under decks and porches, or beneath buildings. Skunks do not hibernate but they may congregate in communal dens during the cold Salina winter. Skunks are attracted to residential areas because of the availability of food, water, and shelter.

Skunk Behaviors, Threats, or Dangers

Skunks are primarily nocturnal and their activity may go unnoticed until they spray. If one has an encounter with another animal, such as a pet, they may spray the pet. Skunks have been found infected with an array of diseases, including rabies. If your pet has an encounter with a skunk, it should be seen by a veterinarian immediately. If you are having an issue with skunks,  it is best to consult a professional wildlife control company for removal.

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