Mammals

Fun Facts:   

Skunk

As everyone knows, skunks use their spray to may you go way. Unfortunately there’s no spray that will make them go away. Some people try to sell predator scent or use mothballs to make them leave, but if they’ve set up home in your homestead, they’ll likely stick around.

That’s when they call old Ernie, but people who know me know “I HATE SKUNKS!” so I try to leave skunks to other professional trappers. I have trapped them a time or two, and then release them back into the wild. Folks are always grateful I got ride of their skunk problem, but for some reason they never invite me to stay for dinner.

Fun Facts:

  1. Baby skunks are born blind they develop sight as they grow but have terrible eyesight, but their sense of smell and hearing are excellent.
  2. Skunks don’t stink. In fact they are very clean animals. It is only what they spray that smells.
  3. When a farmer’s chickens go missing, oftentimes they blame a skunk, but skunks are kind of slow and would have to be lucky to catch a chicken. They are probably after the eggs.

Opossum

You might think this critter isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed, but they’ve been around since the time of the dinosaurs making it one of Earth’s oldest surviving mammals. Over that time they’ve developed a resistance to rabies and even bites from poisonous snakes like cottonmouths, rattlesnakes and other pit vipers. They’re like some sort of super mammal!

They have a remarkable ability to find food and to remember where it is- better than rats, rabbits, cats, dogs…you hear that Lolly? If you have food scraps out they’ll come find it. And when they become a nuisance, folks come and find me.

When catching a possum I have one simple rule, stay away from the end with 50 needle-sharp teeth!

Fun Facts:

  1. A male possum is called a jack and females are called a Jill. The young are called joeys, just like their Australian cousins the kangaroo. Both have pouches!
  2. Possums don’t sleep hanging from their tail like some people think. They can only hang from their tail for short periods of time
  3. Its actually opossum’s, but somewhere along the line our ancestors dropped the o” and if its good enough for them its good enough for me.