Pregnant Skunks

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When breeding skunks, remember that it can take anywhere from 60 to 75 days for gestation to occur. Discover solutions for possible labor problems with skunks with information from a veterinarian in this free video on exotic pets and pet care.

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Let's talk about pregnant skunks. Skunks are considered by most states to be wildlife. Whether they're domestically bred or not. And so to even obtain one or to breed them you have to have a permit typically and so check with your local wildlife agency or state veterinary office as far as legality is concerned when dealing with skunks. Now skunks domestically are descented when they're really small. And so when they're bred skunks can actually be delayed fertilizers. And so it may take a little bit of time actually from the breeding time to when they are actually conceiving a kit or baby skunks. It takes about anywhere from sixty to seventy five days for gestation to occur. Skunks typically have about three to ten kits or baby skunks in a litter. And so just like any other small mammal they can have problems going in to labor or that is they can produce one kit and have trouble producing the next one. And so check with your veterinary clinic that does see exotic species and that does treat domestically bred skunks, first. You always want to have somebody lined up like that on the backup in case there is a problem. But check with your local wildlife laws anyway to make sure that skunks are even allowed to be kept.

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