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Welcome to the Skunk Habitat

Skunks are small black and white mammals that are most widely known for the powerful odor they spray when they feel threatened. They live across North America, from central Canada down to northern Mexico and can be found throughout Florida. Skunks often get a bad rap for the foul scent of their spray and are sometimes considered to be nuisances by farmers whose eggs get eaten or families whose pet gets sprayed. These timid creatures benefit people by controlling the insect population, and they face only one main predator, the Great Horned Owl—an animal that has one extremely weak sense of smell!

What Can I Do Here?

There are many things that you can do here. Please begin by watching the welcome video for an introduction to the skunks (simply click on the video on the top of the media bar to the right). You can also use the media bar to look at pictures and watch other videos of skunks at the museum.

After watching the video, you can use the left-side menu to:

  • Learn more by reviewing the READINGS about the skunks.
  • Browse the OBSERVATIONS to learn what others have found out about the skunks at the museum.
  • Collaborate with other students by joining in the DISCUSSION about the skunks.
  • Record your thoughts and questions, as well as the things you’ve learned about the skunks, in your JOURNAL.
  • Browse PHOTOS of the skunks.
  • Use the ANALYSIS tool to answer your research questions.

How Do I Select A Different Habitat?

If you want to learn more about the nature of science or a different museum habitat, you can click on the habitat map to navigate anywhere.