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Do skunks hibernate?

We have a skunk problem. There is at least 1 around at night. We live in a a city, but anyways....houses right next to one another. The neighbor and I were discussing this today and none of us know, do they hibernate?


Asked by 2BlondeBabies at 9:00 PM on Sep. 24, 2010 in Pets

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  • Skunks, like bears, go into a state of torpor. This is a very groggy sleep that is intermittent and can be interrupted by periods of time awake and active. Hibernation is a physical state where the body significantly drops in temperature and the creature is immobile for a very long time. A hibernating animal almost looks dead and takes a very long time to wake up. An animal in torpor can be woken more easily, which is why it isn't safe to disturb bears who are in torpor sleep for the winter. Skunks take long torpor naps in their dens, and females often in groups. They will wake to look for food on warm days, and will need to come out of the den at least once to empty their scent glands.
    This would explain why folks sometimes see, or smell, skunks during the winter months.
    I googled for you

    Answer by dancinintherain at 9:28 PM on Sep. 24, 2010

  • no they just get lethargic and dont come out unless very hungry. once my sister and i sprinkled breadcrumbs for birds, heavy like, on the snow in upstate ny, and al lof a sudden one, then two skunks started sniffing and lickign around on the top of the snow crust!! they were awake and we had been playign at our pond.. .so we carrefulllly walked waaay around the side of our lawn to get inside the house lol.

    Answer by silverelf at 9:03 PM on Sep. 24, 2010

  • No, they go into torpor, which is like a deep nap, but on warmer days they wake up and go out for food.

    Answer by Bmat at 9:03 PM on Sep. 24, 2010

  • What everyone else said. :) Maybe google "natural ways to repel skunks"? :)

    Answer by HeatherReneeB at 11:56 PM on Sep. 24, 2010

  • How can you keep them away from your house? I hate the smell

    Answer by NicolesMommy at 12:40 AM on Sep. 25, 2010

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