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Where Do Skunks Live?

Striped skunks are native to North America, and can be found in Northern Mexico, throughout the United States, and as far north as Central Canada. Other species of skunks, such as the spotted skunk and the hog-nosed skunk, can be found further south, ranging from Canada to Central and South America. Stink badgers, which resemble the hog-nosed skunk, are strictly found in the Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia. The striped skunk can be found throughout Florida, except for in the Keys.

What Is Their Habitat in the Wild Like?

Striped skunks show little discrimination when it comes to finding a place to live and can be found in both rural and urban areas, as long as a water source is within two miles. Skunks usually do not venture out farther than two miles from their homes, and usually stay in a range between half a mile and one and a half miles from their dens. These animals also require an ample supply of food and cover. Skunks easily adapt to many different habitats such as woods, grasslands, brush, open prairies, and developed areas.

Where Do They Live?

Skunks will either use their long claws to dig a den or they will reside in an abandoned den built by another animal, such as a fox or a woodchuck. Other aboveground places a skunk will call home are hollow logs, woodpiles, or in brushes. It is also common for skunks to build their homes underneath porches, houses, garages, and buildings, as they have a high tolerance for humans. A skunk will use grass, leaves, and sometimes hay to line its home when it lives in a den. A skunk’s burrow often contains one to three chambers, or rooms, and there may be up to five entrances, each about eight inches in diameter.

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