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1 March 2017 First Reported Observation of Food Provisioning to Offspring by an Eastern Spotted Skunk, a Small Carnivore
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While monitoring den activity using remote-sensing cameras in the central Appalachians in West Virginia, we observed an adult female Spilogale putorius L. (Eastern Spotted Skunk) deliver a live Plethodon glutinosus Green (Northern Slimy Salamander) to a juvenile skunk at a den. A possible explanation for the observed behavior could be food provisioning by the adult to provide nutrition and/or an opportunity to develop hunting and prey-handing skills. Food provisioning has rarely been observed in small carnivores such as spotted skunks, but it undoubtedly is a critical aspect of parental care for a range of taxa.

Emily D. Thorne and Charles Waggy "First Reported Observation of Food Provisioning to Offspring by an Eastern Spotted Skunk, a Small Carnivore," Northeastern Naturalist 24(1), (1 March 2017). https://doi.org/10.1656/045.024.0108
Published: 1 March 2017
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