Is not it odd that while many men and women find skunks to be a nuisance and would like to get rid of them, they continue to be a cute little skunk to others? Many children would jump at the opportunity to have their very own pet skunk. Despite their odor, you may hear kids crying”Oh, can I keep it?” And believe you me, they’d do just about anything to have one as a pet. While skunks may be very cute, they are still wild animals and I would not recommend that they are kept as pets. If your child loves skunks, you may wish to stick with a tamer plush pet.
Many people would find it ridiculous, but these creatures have a whole lot of advantages that you might like to think about. So the next time you’re wondering of how in the world you can rid your lawn of that white striped animal, try thinking of how you may reap the benefits from their presence.
These mammals can help keep down the amount of rodents like; mice, shrews, and moles around your property. Other animals they eat include frogs, snakes, and lizards.
The most commonly found skunk in america is about the size of a house cat. It’s long black fur with 1 or two white stripes running down its back and tail. If you live in New Mexico, Texas or Arizona you will see the hog nosed or hooded skunk.
Skunks are active after dark, so you might not find any during the day even in areas where they are populated. They like to hide in protected places like in timber stacks, dens and burrows.They usually mate in January, with the female getting rather competitive and spraying that smelly liquid as a defense mechanism to chase away the men. The mother skunk will then have up to 10 offspring in May or June. The new babies will remain hidden in the den for approximately two months and then they will start after their mother out to search for food.
The issues between man and the animal come in when these creatures start coming to individual interests.This conflict really goes to new heights once the animal takes shelter inside houses spraying the house owners. Sometimes pets have been sprayed with the smelly liquid in a confrontation. Sometimes the pet will get bitten. These animals can also be destructive to lawns and gardens through digging. They tend to uproot plants as they search for food and grub along with other insects.
In California, they are rated the highest carriers of rabies, ticks and fleas. Rabies can be deadly to mammals including humans. So if you have discovered a family of skunks around your house, you will need to understand how to protect yourself and your pets.
If you do not want skunks around afterward, discourage skunks from even considering to take up residence around your area.To make your lawn less desirable to skunks, make sure that you keep all pet food and garbage locked up then eliminate any hiding places. Considering what attracts these animals in residential areas is water, food and hiding areas, reducing or removing these items can dissuade them from coming into or taking up residence. Unused water bowls, pet food and covering garbage cans can be effective in reducing their existence.