Michigan One Of 17 States Where Skunks Can Be Legal Pets
Do you smell that? Could it be your neighbor's pet? Michigan is one of only 17 states in the country that allow skunks as legal pets.
Skunks: A Good Pet or a Smelly Mess?
For more than 60 years, skunks have undergone domestication to be the fun-loving, mischief-makers that enthusiasts are welcoming into their homes. Skunks like to dig into things and they should be provided with a special play area. They like to play and cuddle. They can live with other animals.
Skunks are foodies too. They have a great appetite and eat foods like vegetables, fruits, dairy, yogurt, and eggs. They also eat insects, fish, and poultry. Skunks require constant access to a dish of fresh water.
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What Regulations Are Required For A Pet Skunk In Michigan?
You cannot import the skunks outside the state. You would also need to get the requisite permit to own a skunk as a pet in Michigan. Having a veterinarian that is knowledgeable about skunks is required. They need annual check-ups.
Why Do Skunks Spray?
Skunks spray as a form of protection against predators such as coyotes, wolves, badgers, and any other natural predator. Sometimes humans can be perceived as predators and a skunk will spray their musky odor in an attempt to deter a person. Baby skunks are de-scented at an early age. Male skunks are de-scented at 3-4 months old, and females at 4-6 months old. It is a simple procedure much like spaying or neutering.
What Other States Allow Pet Skunks?
New Jersey, New Mexico, West Virginia, Iowa, Florida, Kentucky, Idaho, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Ohio, Indiana, Oregon, South Dakota, Wisconsin, & Wyoming.