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Striped Skunks Breeding

The peak of the breeding season for Striped Skunks is in March, which is why their tracks in the snow are fairly easy to come across, and why road-killed skunks are not an unusual sight at this time of year. Both males and females are actively seeking mates and travel as far as 2 ½ miles to scout out other skunks’ winter den sites.

 A female is in estrus for a little over a week; only after mating does she ovulate, thereby increasing the chances of fertilization.  After mating, the female skunk will aggressively attack any subsequent suitors, whereas the polygamous male will attempt to mate with all the females within his territory. (Photo: striped skunk den)

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6 responses

  1. Alice

    We are surrounded by such diverse animals…I hope they all continue to have special places on our planet.

    March 15, 2021 at 11:14 am

  2. Just curious: Are there non-striped skunks? (That’s how simple-minded my thinking about skunks has been, to assume the only version out there has stripes!) I live in the middle of a small village here in Central VT, and it’s interesting to realize how comfortable skunks are, wandering around where people and our pets live. I keep hoping that one will not find some cavity under my attached barn that looks like a good place to raise skunklets (what do we call baby skunks, anyhow?).

    March 15, 2021 at 11:21 am

    • Hi Dell,
      There are also American hog-nosed skunks out west, and spotted skunks, both eastern and western, further west. The striped skunk is New England’s only species of skunk!

      March 16, 2021 at 7:52 pm

      • Thanks for this info, Mary, once again satisfying my curiosity, and then some!

        March 16, 2021 at 9:58 pm

  3. What a beauty in your photo, by the way!

    March 15, 2021 at 11:22 am


    Would it be possible to change my email to: thanks if you can Laura L.


    March 18, 2021 at 12:18 pm

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