Mephitis mephitis, the mefites' mustelid
August 31, 2016 7:37 AM Subscribe
The moment I realize I have skunks living in my yard, I become obsessed with them. Within a few weeks, I have the skunk skull on my desk, a stack of articles on skunks, and a copy of The Biology of the Striped Skunk, by B. J. Verts—the definitive textbook on the animal, published in 1967. (In fact, it’s the only textbook on the striped skunk.) I’m waiting for a bottle of skunk essence to arrive in the mail...
"On my drive to work this morning, I caught an unpleasant whiff of striped skunk several times. For the past week, skunk musk has assaulted my nostrils with increasing regularity. Perhaps you’ve noticed the same thing. No, there isn’t a sudden population explosion of skunks. It’s all tied to their behavior... and right now there are lots of young, relatively inexperienced skunks roaming around."
You might smell striped skunks in the spring, too because of baby striped skunks!
See the Skunk Defensive Secretion page of Humboldt State chemistry professor William F. Wood for more details on the chemistry of skunk spray.
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