Skunks are nocturnal animals that can be found in a variety of habitats. They are just as common in forests as they are in prairies, farms, and even urban areas. Skunks often settle into abandoned fox dens or groundhog burrows. They also like to seek shelter under tree stumps and structures like patios or sheds. Their dens can have up to 5 entrances.
Skunks are omnivorous. They eat insects, garbage, fruits, seeds, nuts, and herbaceous plants just as much as small mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and worms. When feeding on the latter, they leave cone-shaped holes in the grass 7 to 10 cm in diameter.
Skunks den up from late November to mid-February, going through a dormant stage (similar to hibernation). Females and kits live together with one male (up to 20 per den) while other males spend winter alone, occasionally going out during thaws.