Do skunks hibernate?


Skunks do not hibernate. They do, however, reduce their activity levels by sleeping more. If they are not snowed in, they leave their den daily to forage. True hibernators remain asleep until the weather warms.

Sleeping more is an effective strategy to prevent winter starvation. When an animal is asleep, its metabolic rate is lower, so it requires less food.

Skunks are not particularly sociable animals, but they may make an exception in the coldest parts of winter. Several skunks huddle together in a single den for warmth. This is usually a large group of females with a single male. They use the same winter den repeatedly over the course of many years.

Q&A Related to "Do skunks hibernate?"
skunks dont hibernate, during the winter they sleep longer than normal but its not long like a bear, do not try to pick one up while it sleeps it will wake up and you will get bit
Skunks do not hibernate. Instead they take long naps in dens and wake to look for food
Skunks spray as a deterent to being eaten! It is rare for an animal to feel hungry when they have been sprayed with such a strong odor.
Skunks do not hibernate, but will sleep for a week or two during severe winter weather, & feed rarely.
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