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What do Skunks Eat

Skunks are mammals best known for their ability to shoot a foul smelling liquid from their anal scent glands. They were once classified in the same family as weasels, otters and badgers. However, they are now classified within their own family. There are 12 species of skunks, which vary in both size and color. The well known white and black fur coloration is the most common, but some species are brown, cream or gray. If you want to know the common diet of the skunk, keep reading to find out.

What do skunks eat?
Skunks are omnivores (eat both plant and animal matter) and are able to modify their diets depending on what is available. Skunks most commonly eat insects, rodents, birds, lizards, frogs, snakes, earthworms, larvae and eggs. They also eat leaves, grass, nuts, berries, roots and other fruit. At times skunks will move into areas inhabited by humans and they may eat garbage and pet food where it is available. Skunks do not hibernate in winter, but will rarely feed during this time.

Did you know?
Skunks are also known to prey on honeybees. They begin this process by scratching at the front of hive to attract the attention of the guard bees, which they then eat! The thick fur of the skunk protects them from the bee stings. This behavior is passed down from the mother to her young.

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