Instantly recognizable, striped skunks are known for their signature coloration and for their ability to emit a strong and pungent odor when upset. This species is larger and more common in Southwest Florida than the spotted skunk. They prefer grassy fields, while spotted skunks try to avoid open areas. Did you know the average lifespan of striped skunks in the wild is 7 years but they can live up to 10 years in human care!
On September 2, two newborn striped skunk siblings (#21-474 & 21-4745) were admitted after being found outside of their burrow in Cape Coral. Finders reported not seeing the mother for over two days. Upon examination, the skunks were dehydrated and thin. Veterinarians suspect they were orphaned. The two baby skunks will remain in CROW’s care until they are old enough to be released!