Baby Skunk Charging Me

2023-02-06T10:36:20-06:00August 1, 2022|Categories: Skunk|Tags: , , |

I was at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma when I stopped at the restroom. As I was going into the restroom, I saw this Baby Skunk. The Skunk saw me and charged at me. It backed away and then charged again. It did this several times.

Note: A baby Striped Skunk may charge at a person as a defensive reaction when it feels threatened or frightened. Skunks, especially young ones, are known to defend themselves by releasing a strong odor or using their sharp claws if they feel threatened.

I went and got my camera and got a few photos. I didn’t see any other Skunks around.

Baby Skunk
Baby Skunk

Striped skunks (Mephitis mephitis) are a common species of skunks found throughout North America. For striped skunks, the weaning process typically begins when they are around 4-6 weeks old, and they will start to consume solid food, such as insects and small prey, in addition to their mother’s milk. By 8-10 weeks old, they will be fully weaned and will be able to feed on their own.

However, it is important to note that individual development can vary based on environmental conditions and the availability of food. Additionally, young skunks will remain with their mother until they reach sexual maturity, which typically occurs around one year of age.

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