Monday, March 23, 2009

Skunks By;Rachel

Today I'm going to tell you about skunks. A skunk is a mammal. A skunks diet is omnivore. It's average life span in the wild is three years. The size this animal is from head to body is 8 to 19 inches (20 to 48 cm.)and the tail is 5 to 15 inches (13 to 38 cm.). The skunk weighs 7 oz to 14 pounds (198 g. to 6 kg.). The skunks group name is surfeit. Skunks are legendary for their powerful predator deterrent-a hard-to-remove, horrible smelling spray is an oily liquid produced by glands under it's large tail. To employ this scent bomb,a skunk turns around and blast it's foe with a foul mist that can travel as far as ten feet (three meters). Skunk spray causes no real damage to it's victims, but it sure makes them uncomfortable. It can linger for many days and defy attempts to remove it. As a defensive technique,the spray is very effective. Most skunks present otherwise easy prey for larger animals,but typically these predators give them a wide berth unless little food is available. Well that's all I have about skunks for now.

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