Wednesday, March 1, 2017
March is the normal breeding season for the Michigan’s native Striped Skunk. They are recognized easily by their fluffy black fur with a white stripe that begins as a triangular shape on the top of the head, splits into two stripes down the sides of the back. The species lives in a variety of habitats, including woods, fields, lawns, and other clearings. As an omnivore, it feeds on a wide variety of seeds, insects, grubs, berries, and carrion.
Although skunks will sometimes den up together in winter, for the most part they live solitary lives. Usually skunks reproduce only once a year, sometime between February to April. After mating, the pair no longer associate with each other. Females can even become aggressive towards males through vocalizing, stamping their feet and fighting if necessary.
Gestation lasts about two months. After birth, the young do not open their eyes until about three weeks of age and are typically weaned at six to seven weeks. It is at this time they learn to forage and hunt by following their mother in a single file line during her outings. Young rely on the protection of their mother, during this time she will display extremely defensive behavior. Male young become independent by July or August, while the female young may remain with their mother until the following spring.
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