For the love of.. skunks!


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As we are still waiting for our first meeting with a skunk we thought that we could get to know these little fellows a bit better.

Fast facts – The striped skunk

Average weight: 3.25 kg
Average length: 57.5 to 80 cm
Average lifespan: Up to 3 years in the wild and up to 15 years in captivity

With small, short legs, the skunk is very slow. Because they can’t out-run predators, they rely on their scent glands for security. These glands, which are about the size of a grape, secrete a foul-smelling, oily, yellow musk. The spray of a skunk can reach up to six meters and the foul odor is strong enough to be carried almost one kilometre by the wind.

At this time of the year the striped skunk tend to be a sleep most of the time so the likelyhood of meeting one is slim.

And! The skunk seem to be self aware of the repulsiveness of its own odor — it will not spray in confined spaces and or in their own dens.

Information taken from – Thank you!

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About Hanna Hallgren & Johanna Gardell

Two second year students on exchange at University of Ottawa. During the winter term of 2014 Hanna studies gender & sociology and Johanna studies sociology & cinema. When not in school Hanna likes running and hitting the gym, drinking coffee and explore the Canadian music scene. Johanna likes pilates and indoor cycling, cooking and cheese. Common interests are hanging out in pubs and drinking beer & unexpected little adventures. When not in Canada Hanna and Johanna studies Diversity Studies at Malmö University.

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