FWC Native Wildlife Spotlight
By Space Coast Daily // October 5, 2013
What’s as small as a house cat and stomps its feet?
What’s as small as a house cat and stomps its feet, lifts its tail and does a “hand stand” on its front paws?
A scared skunk that is ready to spray! You’d better hope you and your pet are 15 feet away because the musk scent is no Chanel No. 5. Skunks play a vital role in the grand scheme.
They do humans a service by eating insects and rodents. Tip: To keep them from visiting your yard, remove all pet food and garbage.
Florida has two varieties. There’s the Eastern spotted skunk, whose scientific name – Spilogale putorius – says it all (pee-YOO!), and the classic striped skunk.
They typically live three years in the wild, 15 in captivity. They can’t see very well but their hearing and sense of smell, oddly, are keen! Did you ever see or smell one of these creatures usually active at dawn and dusk?
Remember Walt Disney’s ironic name for the skunk in “Bambi”? Yes, it was Flower. Then there was Pepe´ le Pew, the amorous French skunk of Warner Bros. fame.
For more information about skunks, go to MyFWC.com