Skunk-A to Z-How many black skunks are there usually in a litter where the parent animals are both black? Would continuous breeding of the black offspring influence the number of black animals in succeeding generations? How should an enclosure be made to prevent the animals from escaping? How large should it be? How many male and female animals should be kept in it? Will skinks kept in an enclosure where the soil is free from rock ledges dig burrows for themselves or should some sort of shelter be provided? What kind of food is fed at the different seasons of the year and do they require much water? Are they subject to disease when kept in confinement? I would also like to know how to care for the female skunks and their young and whether the male should be kept separate except during the breeding season.
To answer all of these questions in detail would require several pages of this magazine and I would suggest that you read “Fur Farming,” as it answers all of them in a comprehensive manner. Skunks will not breed strictly true to color, but there will be a large per cent of black in a litter and sometimes they will be all black. The color may be greatly improved by breeding only those of good color, but one should not breed the offspring together but should obtain male animals from other localities if possible. Enclosures are dealt with in detail in “Fur Farming,” and that question could not be answered here because of lack of space. The animals will dig dens for themselves in time, but in the start should be provided with artificial burrows. There will be little trouble from disease if the enclosure is of good size and the quarters are clean. They should have plenty of clean, fresh water. Old meat and scraps make good food for them, but they should not be allowed to have much carrion. A strictly meat diet is not recommended.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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