It's a natural instinct for a Lansing creature to look for food and a place to live. Whereas we humans build homes
for ourselves so does other creatures. We can often find great heaps of dirt in our backyards, soil beds or
the grounds. They are not there without a reason. They represent a procedure of building or searching that
Michigan skunks undergo in search of food or lodging. They do not do this only for shelter and food but also to avoid
the seasonal changes and bear the harsh weather at times.
There are some specific reasons as to why Lansing skunks dig:
-In search of shelter
-In search of food
-To store food
-Bear the seasonal changes
First comes first, if your lawn or soil/flower beds have a lot of holes in it you might have Michigan skunk problem. They are night crawlers and like to move in the darkness of night. They do have some preference when it comes to grassy areas. They usually make shallow holes varying from 3 to 4 inches.
In summers, the Lansing skunk activity increases sometimes by alarming rate because they are doing their top priority job, finding food. They try to consume as much as they can to prepare themselves for the harsher weather. It's a survival technique. The more they eat and the healthier they are, there are more chances of them to survive and live longer. Their activity reduces to minimum in winters either due to snow or cold weather that facilitates minimum mobility. In order to do this they need to have a place where they can survive and store their belongings.
You can always identify if a hole is dug by a Michigan skunk or not. They are usually not very deep rather shallow and most probably surrounded by rings of loosened soil. They need not to do this for much longer as they can dig a hole for themselves overnight. They work best in night as they are nighttime creatures. The hole measures approximately the size of the Lansing skunk's nose. They usually check first by digging with its long claws if the soil is rich in protein. They are a cautious lot. They can dig many holes and often merge them and plough it for their future use. There most searched meals are earthworms, maggots and a different variety of insects that can be found in the soil. They get lucky if they find small animals like crayfish, bird eggs, fish frog and turtle eggs. They are usually field workers because they cannot climb or jump very high. So they have to make peace with whatever they find on the ground or underneath it.
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