Scientific Name: Mephitis mephitis

Found In: a variety of habitats and land types throughout North America

Size: varying sizes from 1.5 – 13 pounds and 18-32 inches long

Diet: Omnivore: as an opportunistic feeder, skunks will eat insects, small mammals, amphibians, reptiles, fish, corn, and fruits.

Threat Level: Least concern

Facts: Skunks use their spray as a last resort because once they use all their spray, it can take 10-14 days for their glands to refill, and they cannot spray during that time. They want to make sure they are saving their best defense mechanism for when they really need it.

The Virginia Zoo’s skunk: Chonk (male)