The warm, humid climate of central Florida provides ideal habitat for skunks to flourish. Average temperatures range from the mid-60sF (18C) in January to the low 90sF (32C) in July. Annual rainfall totals 50+ inches across the region.
Abundant water, mixed forests, wetlands and agriculture provide ample food year-round. Skunks den in hollow logs, abandoned burrows, under porches and sheds. They are highly adaptable to urban areas and find shelter and insects in suburban yards. Garbage, pet food, and rodents also sustain skunk populations.
As omnivores and productive breeders, skunks thrive across central Florida’s varied terrain. Their defense spray and lack of real predators allow them to inhabit parks, farms, residential areas and wildlands in great numbers. Care must be taken to avoid encounters by sealing dens and removing attractants.