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Baby Skunks are Also Known as a Kit

Published on July 8, 2016 by sherons

Do you know what baby skunks are called?

Baby skunks are also known as a kit.  They have their white stripe when they are born and the baby skunks are really cute.

I bet you can't think of wild animals that look like a waving black and white flag when walking together as a family!

A hint:  a group  is called a surfeit of skunks - did that help you out?  I didn't know that!

We witnessed a "first" on a mid-June evening about 6 pm.

We were traveling along a four-lane, paved county road near Scurlock Farms.  A cornfield was on our right and an empty field across the road.  What appeared to be a large black trash bag with white on it "blew" onto the road.  "It" looked similar to the photo below, but was more bunched up, as it undulated onto and across the road.

A family of skunks crossing the road


A surfeit of skunks, including baby skunks


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I am guessing that in that surfeit of skunks  there were at least 8 baby skunks, along with mama, and maybe daddy, too!

I was going for my telephone to get a photo, but did not have time.  Dan veered into the other lanes to avoid hitting them and we were past them!  Can you imagine the smell if we had creamed that many skunks!!

The family of skunks we saw were walking like all of the skunks we have observed in the past - their noses to the ground, rumps in the air, and they walked with a kind of waddle.  This really made the white stripes appear to 'wave" around.

When we returned home along the same route, all had made it safely across the road.  We were surprised they did not stay in the cornfield as it was nearing nightfall.  Skunks are nocturnal animals and hunt and forage at night.  I figured they would have had more food supply in the corn field, but obviously mama thought better.

Can you guess which critter likes to raid a compost pile at night?

When my mom and dad were still living in Rocky Overlook at Scurlock Farms, they had a compost pile below the upper patio.  One night daddy was sitting in his chair by the sliding glass doors when he heard something scratching.  He looked down, and it was a family of skunks, including the baby skunks, that had come up onto the patio and it appeared they were wanting to come into the house!

I feel pretty sure they had come up to raid the compost pile and see what new goodies had been deposited to it during the day, and bugs on the glass attracted them to the sliding patio door.  Mama and daddy let them have their way that night!

Why does a skunk spray?

A skunk will spray when it feels threatened or startled, and baby skunks will spray more frequently after only a few weeks old, as they are startled more easily.

A friend accidentally caught a skunk in her enclosed workshop in a live trap.  I would have been petrified trying to deal with a live skunk, but she slowly walked to the cage holding a large blanket and dropped it over the cage.  She was then able to pick the cage up and move it to the outdoors where she could deal with the skunk.

A home-brew recipe to remove skunk odor from a sprayed pet.

Check out the link below to find a recipe developed by a chemist in 1993 which people that have used it say really works.  Some, where the skunk population is high, keep the ingredients in a bucket along with rubber gloves in their garage for the next "skunk attack".

Effective Home brew recipe for skunk spray treatment


We would love to hear your story of a skunk experience - good or bad!

If you or your pet has had an experience with a skunk, please share your story with us in the comment section.  Some may be humorous now, though probably not so funny at the time!


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Dan and I were childhood sweethearts and will celebrate our 53 anniversary in May. We moved to the country in 1971 and have loved raising our two boys on the farm. After my parents died, we acquired the 112 acre farm and bought the adjoining 60 acre farm. We now have 172 beautiful acres with a little over one mile of San Gabriel River frontage. We remodeled the three homes on the farm and have offered them as vacation rental homes since 2010. We have hosted guests from every state and 21 countries and have loved meeting many different people. We raise cattle, goats, hay and pecans on the farm and there is always something going on! I love giving tours of the farm to our guests in a Polaris and show them the river, animals, hiking areas and give a little history of the farm. Well behave pets are welcome and the owners and the pets love being able to be off-leash. Wildlife is abundant and guests love seeing deer, bobcat, fox, coyote, raccoon, possom, rabbits, skunks, and armadillo. The farm is a birder's delights with the varied terrains - prairie top pastures, wooded hillside and bluffs, heavily wooded areas, and the river wetlands. Many bird watchers have seen lifers while visiting (a bird they have never seen in person before). Roadrunners are a favorite! Our youngest son was only 6 weeks old when we moved to the farm and he has built a home along the bluff and raised his family here. Our oldest son owns a business in Dallas and when he retires, he will move back to the farm. Guests have loved fishing and tubing the river, looking for fossils, or simply skipping rocks and wading with their little ones. Others have enjoyed hiking the spring-fed creek bed, looking for arrowheads, and hiking about the 172 acres. Others have enjoyed sitting in the outdoor areas of the homes and soaking up the peace and quiet as they enjoy the beauty from the bluffs and watch the birds and wildlife that comes by.
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