Fun Fact March 19, 2021.
19 March 2021
Today’s Fun Fact stinks! Well, the fact doesn’t stink, but the subject does. Today we talk about the skunk. Sometimes referred to as a polecat, especially here in the south, the North American Skunk is actually a distant relative of the group of animals known as polecats. They are actually more closely related to the extinct, see what I did there, stink badger. The animals are known for their ability to spray a liquid with a strong, unpleasant scent. Skunks are omnivorous, changing their diets as the seasons change. They eat insects, including bees and wasps, Larvae, earthworms, grubs, rodents, lizards, salamanders, frogs, snakes, birds, moles and eggs. They also will eat berries, roots, leaves, grasses, fungi and nuts. Different species of skunk vary in appearance from black-and-white to brown, cream or ginger colored, but all have warning coloration, and of course the malodorous air. That smell can be detected by the human nose up to four miles away.