Skunks at Our Long Island Zoo

Long Island Skunks

P.U.! We bet you know one thing about skunks — they stink! Skunks use a special smelly spray to defend themselves from large predators such as foxes, coyotes, bobcats and even owls. Their spray, emitted by anal glands, has a range of up to ten feet, and can be smelled from over a mile away.

Like you, a skunk is a mammal, which means it gives live birth and is warm-blooded. Skunks are omnivores, so they eat both plants and animals. Their diet consists of various bird eggs, fruits and berries, mushrooms, snakes, wasps, insects, larvae, worms, fish, frogs and small rodents such as mice or voles.

Skunks have very poor eyesight, but have excellent senses of hearing and smell. They are nocturnal, so they eat, hunt and play at night, but sleep during the day. If you see a skunk awake during the day, he may have rabies, so don’t get too close. Besides, you wouldn’t want to risk getting “skunked”!