Skunks fur is quite long, it has coarse, glossy guard hair and it’s about 2 inches long. Skunks hair is strong and durable. If you look closer their underfur is grayish underneath, while the guard hairs are usually black with white shades. Sometimes pelts are dyed in a glossy black colour to get rid of that whiteness and grayness.
The use of skunks fur began in the mid 1800′s. The popularity of this type of fur grew in the 1900′s, it even displaced Muskrat, the most traded fur from the industry. After the Great Depression in United States so as in entire the world, a market of fur trades grew stronger. Thus the demand for skunks fur was created. The price of pelts when doubled and it was only 1940′s. In 1950′s skunk fur was sold by the other names, American or Alaskan Sable.
But even with the discovery of this furs identity, skunk farming and skinning became popular. The popularity grew until 1970′s, but after a while this fur went out of use. Today such fashion houses as Prada and Fendi so as the great designer Alexander McQueen use skunks pelts for their collections. The high fashion nowadays are not afraid of any type of fur. They are using black, brown-white variations of fur not just for accessories like handbags, but also for those long stunning coats.
For a long time hop growers were “fascinated”with skunks. This fascination was out of necessity, because these animals used to eat the insects that damage their hop vines. Thus began the trapping and farming of skunks that saved most of farmers from the great depression. They noticed the use of this type of fur-bearer.
Facts about skunks
- There is a scientific belief that skunks eats more insects than any other mammals. That is why farmers likes these animals.
- Because of their long front claws they are able to dig out soil. They are considerate to be the expert hunter of insects. However, the disturbing sight of peeled grass, is not very pleasant for farmers.
- There was a time when manufacturers thought that it’s no use of selling skunk fur coats, because no-one will buy them. That is why they change the name into “Black Marten” and “Alaskan sable”. This was mainly because of high price of sable coats that coast up to $10,000. After the labeling law was released, manufacturers had to call this fur for what it was- skunk. For a while this type of fur market was very small, but the vintage skunk coats have a high vintage price and value even today.
- Skunk lifespan is average of 3 years. Most of their death causes are road accidents. This is because of their slow attitude and poor eyesight. Their natural gas has no smell or colour. Scientist researched the warning sign of Skunk’s gas leak. The leak has pungent smell. Their musk is like a warning.
- In Canada these animals are called “Child of the devil”, in some parts of America they have a name of polecats, because they have resemblance to weasels.
- They sneeze only to clear their nose for perfect smell while looking for food.
- If you get sprayed by a skunk, immediately wash your body with vinegar and tomato juice, it will help you get rid of that smell.
- Skunks eats wasps and bees. They dig into those bee nests without a fear of getting stung into tongue or inside their stomach.
- Besides bees and wasps they eat snakes, even rattlesnakes. They are immune to snakes venom. Thus they eat other poisonous lizards and insects.