What animal is one of the only animals to regularly eat skunks?
The Great Horned Owl, or Bubo virginianus!
Read below to learn more about Great Horned Owls:
Size: Great horned owls are 22” long, have a 44” wingspan and weigh about 3.1 lbs
Habitat: Open forests, deserts, suburban and urban areas, and agricultural areas
Diet: Small mammals, rabbits, geese, herons, birds, other owls and raptors, amphibians, reptiles and some invertebrates.
- Great Horned Owls are nocturnal
- Owls have binocular vision, and asymmetrical ear placement (one ear positioned higher than the other), allowing them to accurately pinpoint their prey, even in low light or darkness.
- Due to soft fringed feather edges and wing shape, Great Horned Owls can fly nearly silently, allowing them to sneak up on their prey.
- A common myth says that owls can turn their heads 360 degrees, but in reality they can only turn them 270 degrees (3/4 of a full circle).
- Owls can rotate their heads 270 degrees because they have 14 cervical (neck) vertebrae, while humans and other mammals have only 7 vertebrae in their necks!
- Great Horned Owls have 200-300 pounds of pressure per square inch (psi) in their talons…about three times greater psi than human jaws!