- Spotted skunks (Spilogale spp.) commonly climb trees to forage and hide.
- Skunks are not members of family Mustelidae, the weasels, as was long thought. Apparently skunks compose their own family, Mephitidae.
- Skunk spray is highly flammable. Significantly, this was reported by an organic chemist rather than a field researcher.
Friday, April 17, 2009
Arboreal skunks and other surprises
Three things blew my mind while watching "Is that Skunk?" on the PBS program Nature.