Skunks mostly prey on insects, though they may eat other organisms or even plants if other food is scarce.
Due to their defense mechanism, skunks have very few natural predators. Birds of prey such as eagles and owls are the only animals that stand a chance, although even they may be sprayed.
When a skunk feels threatened, it will stand with its back arched and its tail puffed and raised. This means it is about to spray its musk from its scent glands. Skunks can spray their musk for several meters, covering its target with a difficult to remove, foul-smelling odor. If sprayed in a target's eyes, it can cause temporary blindness or burning.