Skunk Diet

Skunks are omnivorous in the wild and they will eat pretty much anything you put in front of them.  Because they are prone to obesity it is up to you to tailor your skunk's diet to the proper portion size and content. Cat food and Dog food should be avoided as they are not tailored to a low energy animal's dietary needs. Skunks thrive on a natural diet similar to what they would be eating in the wild.  With that in mind, my skunks eat a mixture of fruits, vegetables, proteins and grains with a small amount of dairy added in.  As with any healthy diet you want to feed less of the sugary fruits and more of the vegetables. Here is a list of some skunk approved foods: 

Proteins: 

  • Boiled Chicken
  • Bugs: Mealworms, Superworms, Crickets
  • Shelled Nuts (almonds, walnuts, etc) Do not buy roasted salty nuts for you skunk.  Raw nuts please.
  • Eggs (the shells are a good source of calcium. I feed mine hardboiled eggs in shell)

Vegetables: 

  • Broccoli
  • Aubergine (Eggplant)
  • Cauliflower
  • Squash
  • Cucumber
  • Courgette (Zucchini)
  • Bell Peppers
  • Carrots
  • Tomatoes
  • Olives (fresh unbrined)
  • Bean Sprouts
  • Peas
  • Green Beans
  • etc.

Fruits: 

  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries
  • Peaches
  • Watermelon, Cantaloupe, Honeydew

Grains

  • Plain Cheerios (not honey nut) 
  • Oatmeal Mixes (low sugar only) 

Dairy: 

  • Cottage Cheese
  • Plain yogurt

Note: Some skunks are lactose intollerant, if your skunk has diarrhea tone down the dairy to see if it helps

Click here for information about calorie limits for maintaining skunk weight

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