Eastern Spotted Skunk (Spilogale putorius)

October 2022
Written By: 
Grand Strand Magazine Staff
Photographs by: 
courtesy of shutterstock

They are much more active than any other type of skunk. They have mostly the same predators as any other skunk (big cats, bobcats, owls, humans, etc.)

- Eastern Spotted Skunks are mostly nocturnal.
- They have a unique “handstand” stance that is used when the skunk feels threatened.
- Eastern Spotted Skunks are the only type of skunk that can climb.
- This species of skunk is known to knock down beehives for their honeycomb, despite all the stings they receive.
- These skunks are omnivorous, and eat a variety of things, including rodents, fruits, berries, birds, eggs, insects and more!
- Eastern Spotted Skunks can live up to 10 years in captivity, but have a much shorter lifespan in the wild—only living for about 1 or 2 years.
- Eastern Spotted Skunks prefer to live together in relatively large groups in self-dug or abandoned burrows.