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How to identify skunk tracks

The skunk is a nocturnal animal that has a defense that is the strong smelling spray. It also has glands that hold around one tablespoon of that musky smelling substance that is methyl mercaptan. This is a substance that can be sprayed up to 6 times and can spray up to fifteen feet. The smell can go for a mile. When it gets into the eyes, it may cause pain and temporary blindness.



The tracks of the skunk actually show some five toes at the front limb and five on the foot at the back. Usually, the front tracks may show some claw marks that are further ahead of its toes as compared to the rear prints. This is due to the fact that the front feet actually have claws that are longer and they aid in the digging up of insects and roots.

Some of the tracks allow you to get so much greater derail than others and it is for this reason that you should examine as many tracks as you possibly can. In some instances, the front track may only show the heel pad. In the better prints, you can also see the carpal pad. It is very rare for the skunk to create an imprint with the pads. This may be due to the way the skunk walks or the substrate. It is not a common thing to find a foot print that is complete and perfect.

It is also possible to tell the left and the right tracks of the skunk. The greatest difference is the size of the toe. One toe is much smaller and it sets lower within the track. This is referred to as the inner toe. The toes are actually numbered starting from the inside to the outside. The number one toe lets you which side of the animal’s body it is located. It is just like a thumb. The position of the toe lets you know the left track from the right track. The front track is known because of the claw marks which are longer. Sometimes wildlife could dwell in your attic within a edifice or home. Attic restoration is a very significant part on wildlife control before the wildlife moved in. you need to clear out the mess. Go back to the How to get rid of skunks home page.

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