Skunks Are Very Near-sighted

By | March 10, 2014

As you can see in the photo, this skunks tail is up! This is the first alert warning and I know it has seen me and it is time for me to leave.

Although they have excellent senses of smell and hearing, they have poor vision, being unable to see objects more than 10 ft away, making them vulnerable to death by road traffic. (Wikipedia)

A Skunk With Tail Up Photo

This Skunks tail is up! Time to back away.

Author: Steve Creek

An Arkansas-based wildlife photographer specializing in the wildlife found in Arkansas and Oklahoma. Steve’s images are created from his overwhelming passion for being outdoors with cameras in tow.

6 thoughts on “Skunks Are Very Near-sighted

  1. Barbara

    One early summer I was working in the front yard and watched a skunk amble along the side of the road opposite me. As soon as the dogs saw her they barked, and she headed for the culvert. In the fur of her bushy tail which went straight up, had been a baby skunk trundling along behind her. It was quite a sight to watch that little guy following so tightly to his mother that he turned with her even though suddenly he was exposed to the world.

    One skunk refused to run from my dogs, and so not having anything to chase, they treated it like they do cats that don’t run, no fun! and turned around and ran after something else instead. So far I’ve been lucky and the dogs haven’t paid any attention to skunks… I should touch wood and cross my fingers. Haha.

    This is a great photo of these clever little creatures. But you’re right not to get on the wrong end.

  2. Verna Brunet

    I love skunks. These photos are wonderful. I was only sprayed by a skunk once, and it was my own fault because I was in a hurry.

  3. Cindy H

    I love reading others’ comments as well as Steve’s.
    Skunks have such cute little faces, and I always feel badly when one has been hit on the road.
    This is a great picture, and it looks like all his hair is standing on end!
    Spring must be coming!

  4. ann fox

    I was in my basement one day & found a skunk eating food from the cat dish. How it got in I have no idea. I was shocked but it looked up at me then kept on eating. Then it went into one of the cat beds & went to sleep. I have no idea how long it was down there…I never smelt a thing & it never once threatened to spray me or the cats. Needless to say it spent the winter down there because none of the things the nature people suggested would make my pet skunk leave. Making loud noises, play loud music,,,making a ramp to one of the open windows ect. In the end I got a tranquilizer pill from the vet & put it into the food in a have a heart cage….When the skunk was caught we took it for a ride in the pick-up truck & released it into the wild. It did not want to leave the cage. We literally had to dump him out. He finally wandered away from me. I often wonder if I did the right thing…believe it or not I miss the little critter who was NEVER aggressive in anyway. I do have some great pictures to remember my beautiful little friend by.

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