Skunk Feeding Patterns According to the Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development division, skunks do all of their business at night because they are nocturnal species. They eat at night since they are nocturnal. Skunks are carnivorous animals that feed on insects and other small animals.
Skunks don't need much food to survive but they do need something to eat at least once a day. If they don't get anything to eat then they will start going without food which can lead them to fall sick or even die. Skunks are usually very careful with what they eat so if they don't find anything edible then they will make sure not to eat anything poisonous.
Poisonous substances are found in plants that kill by shutting down oxygen flow to vital organs such as brains and hearts. These poisons can be natural or synthetic and can be deadly if enough of them are consumed. For example, death caps (Amanita phalloides) contain toxic chemicals that stop the heart after eating it. To avoid poisoning yourself, only eat foods that are safe to consume based on how you feel after eating them. Do not try to force yourself to eat if you are not hungry because this could lead to consuming more than what is good for you.
Habits, nutrition, and biology of skunks Skunks are nocturnal, active from early evening through late at night. Skunks do not hibernate, but instead remain dormant over the winter, living on their fat reserves. During mild weather, they may exit the winter cave for brief periods of time. However, during colder temperatures, they will stay inside the den until spring comes again.
Skunks eat insects and other small animals. They also consume vegetable matter such as flowers and fruits when available. Although skunks are generally thought to be carnivorous, they will also eat meat if available. For example, banded skunks (a species found in North America) will eat mice and other small rodents.
Female skunks can have one or two litters per year, with each litter containing between three and eight babies. The babies are born live in a shallow depression called a "mamma-cave," and are covered in thick, soft fur. They are able to walk within a few hours of birth, but don't leave the nest for about ten days. Skunks grow up faster than most other mammals, reaching sexual maturity at around four months old. They live about five years in the wild and can be kept in captivity for even longer.
Male skunks spend much of their time patrolling their territory, making loud hissing noises to scare away other males and females alike.
Even while skunks are mainly active at night, they will occasionally search for food during the day, especially in the spring when they have young and may be exceptionally hungry. If you see an adult skunk during the day, don't be alarmed unless they exhibit strange habits such as limb paralysis. Usually only young skunks do this, so if you see something odd on the ground that can't be explained by any animal you know, take it home with you and call a professional wildlife rehabilitator.
Animals That Emerge at Night
Skunks are more prone to spray at night since they are nocturnal and awake during the night. According to a new Evolution study (link to research), animals that spray as a defense strategy are more likely to spray at night due to an increased danger of coming into touch with close-range predators. This is why you often find skunks spraying in and around their homes at night.
They use their spray for defense against predators and when seeking revenge against people who have harmed their families. It may also be used as a social signal to other skunks--that they have found something good to eat.
When skunks spray, they aim to get as far away from themselves as possible while still being able to reach their target. Since humans usually live in populated areas, skunks will usually aim their spray toward where it will cause the least damage to themselves and their property. However, if a human comes into contact with the spray, it will cause injury or even death due to its harmful chemicals.
People rarely come into contact with wild skunks because they tend to avoid people like the plague. If you do happen to encounter one, stay calm and don't run! That will only make things worse for you and your family. Instead, stand your ground and be ready to defend yourself and others if needed. Don't attempt to capture or feed the skunk since this could very well cause them to attack even more people and pets.