I’m sure you all remember the cartoon version of the love infected Skunk so termed Pepe` Le Pew. This was my very first exposure to Skunks as a kid growing up in the city of Lincoln. Sure I had smelled a road killed one before, but I never really knew that much about them. And seriously, who couldn’t love a Skunk?
In Nebraska we have two different species of Skunks. That’s right, hold on to your stinkers, there are TWO different Skunks. Mind = blown huh? Well, for starters the Skunks that everyone is used to seeing and hearing about are the Striped Skunks. These guys can be found pretty much throughout the state of Nebraska. They are easily recognized by their black and white pattern of stripes. But, remember how I said there are two different Skunks in Nebraska. Well, one of them, the Striped Skunk, has stripes and then there is the Spotted Skunk that is found in Northeastern/Northcentral Nebraska, which you guessed it has spots!
Both species of Skunks in Nebraska are omnivores, which means they eat meat and plants. Things such as nuts, berries, carrion, insects, small mammals, etc. Skunks are also nocturnal so they eat what they can find at that time of day.
And as I’m sure most of you know, Skunks are stinkers. To protect themselves Skunks do not have an upper hand like most animals do. They cannot camouflage, they are not fast runners, they aren’t very intimidating. So what else can they do? Well they can Spray. When feeling threatened and or scared a Skunk will lift its tail and spray a very powerful odor that will smell for days. Good luck getting that out.