- Category: Skunk
- Created: Thursday, 08 December 2016 05:08
Skunk Habitat is fairly common among all species. In the wild they choose areas that are more open including clearings in forests, and prairies. They live in pastures and the open areas along forest edges. They are quite common in suburban areas where there are nearby streams or some sort of water source within two (2) miles.
Skunks are native to North America with the exception of the Asian Badger who was only recently added to the skunk family by scientists. The Striped Skunk’s habitat range is found fairly far north but does not extend as far as Alaska. Its southern range extends only slightly into Mexico. The Spotted Skunk is also found throughout the United States but is not found much further north than the United State’s northern border, but is found through Central America. The range of the other two (2) species is somewhat smaller and is illustrated in the table below based on sub-species.
Individually, the average home range of the skunk is one-half to two (2) miles but is often extended during breeding season when males may trek out as much as five (5) miles to find a mate.