Skunks are notoriously stinky little animals. These creatures are best known for their ability to spray an extremely smelly liquid when threatened. Skunks come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours. There are 10 different skunk species across North, Central and South America. Some are the classic black and white striped, others are brown, cream or reddish in colour. The different species occupy a wide range of habitats. Frequently occupied habitats include forests, mixed woodlands, rocky outcrops, scrubland, agricultural areas. They are omnivores they eat both plants and animals. Their specific diet varies by species, season and where they live. Insects make up an important part of their diet, as wells as worms and larvae. They will also feed on reptiles, amphibians, birds, small mammals, eggs and other small creatures. Some of the plants they eat includes roots, grasses, nuts, mushrooms, berries, seeds, leaves and fruits.
Various species range from North America all the way to South America. Different species of skunks reside in Canada, the United States, throughout Central America, and various areas of South America. Different species also range throughout Chile, Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru, Venezuela, Columbia, and more.
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