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Scent-Sational Companion

Skunks are affectionate, intelligent pets for owners who offer the proper care.

By Deborah Cipriani

Scent-Sational Companion

Most people who keep domestic skunks are stalwart believers in their suitability as pets. Why? Skunks are intelligent, affectionate and have distinctive personalities. Skunk owners must be willing to put in a lot of work and pay careful attention to their skunk's emotional and dietary needs to avoid aggressive behavior and health problems. Skunks have their own personalities, and although many people think they will train their skunk, it's usually the other way around! 

Get To Know The Skunk
The average life expectancy of a domestic skunk is eight years, and the average weight is 4 to 10 pounds, depending on bone structure. Skunks are available in various colors. In addition to colors, skunks also have various coat patterns, including classic stripe, chip, marble and swirl.

For the full article, pick up the 2011 issue of Critters USA or click here to buy the issue.


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