|The common Striped Skunk|
Skunks are not true hibernators. They do, however, take a lot of really long naps. They will store up body fat for the winter and, when the weather is bad, will take to their dens for weeks to a month at a time. By the time February rolls around, they are ready to roam about looking for love. Skunks are omnivores and will eat just about anything they come across. However, they have pretty poor eyesight. You might notice an increase in road kill skunks this time of year as they are out wandering around looking for food and a mate. And, like our friend Pepe Le Pew, the males are promiscuous, mating with several females during the season. Gestation is approximately two months and the females give birth to litters of 2-10 young. They are born hairless and with eyes closed and remain in the den for about 6 weeks. They are weaned at 6 weeks and begin to join their mother on her nightly ramblings.
|This famous "Looney Tunes" skunk was always looking for love in all the wrong places.|
For more information about Ohio's striped skunk, and other Ohio mammals, check out our A to Z Species Guide. And Happy Valentine's Day!