Did You Know Spotted Skunks Do This?

By author of The Realblog with Stephanie Mallory

Did you know that spotted skunks stand on their hands and dance around when they feel threatened? One spotted skunk was caught on camera displaying this behavior last week. 

According to the Smithsonian website, the spotted skunk has anal scent glands that can emit a foul-smelling spray just like the more common striped skunk, but it usually sprays as a last resort. When threatened, the spotted skunk often stumps with its front paws or does a handstand warning display like you see in the video above, before it sprays. 

According to Outdoor Alabama, during the early 20th century, eastern spotted skunks were a common and important furbearer across their range throughout most of central and southeastern United States. But, since the 1940s this species has experienced widespread population declines. While the exact reasons for their range-wide decline is unknown, it is suspected that habitat loss, pesticide use and overharvesting are in part to blame. Diseases such as rabies, distemper, or an unknown parvovirus could have also contributed to a reduction in numbers. 

Have you ever seen a spotted skunk? 

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