skunks domesticated pets?
means; made into a pet or livestock. Overall, there are many
generations of captive bred animals needed before the first
signs of domestication is revealed. This is reflected in the
loss of shyness and even the urge to approach people. In addition,
in many cases variations in coat color and pattern occur .
An animal that has more litters per year will be easier domesticated
than an animal that raises only one or two litters per year.
to studies of domestication (Hafez 1975, Hale 1969, Craig
1981, Slijper 1944 and Naaktgeboren 1984) the following arguments
are conditions to succesfully keep an mammal as a pet or livestock.
We have made a comparison with the Syrian hamster (golden
hamster) and the striped skunk. The Syrian hamster is recognized
as a domesticated animal. The points have no order of priority.
which makes it unlikely to panic - A creature with a nervous
disposition is difficult to keep in captivity as it may attempt
to flee whenever startled.
skunk; is not shy by nature, they are even found in very busy
cities close to humans.
hamster; is shy by nature because it is a prey item.
social hierarchy - Social creatures that recognize a hierarchy
of dominance can be raised to recognize a human as the pack
skunk; does live in loose groups but without a strict hierarchic
structure, they do however overwinter in groups.
hamster; lives strict solitairy.
disposition that fits human behaviour to prevent misinterpretations
and cause agression- Large creatures that are aggressive toward
humans are dangerous to keep in captivity.
skunk; young wild urban skunks often interact with people,
cats and dogs pushuading them to play with. The highest density
of skunk populations are found near towns and cities because
of the easy food (pet food left outside and garbage).
hamster; lives very secretive in secluded rural areas.
biorythm of the animals fit that of humans.
skunk; crepuscular and nocturnal.
can pick the mating partner and mating occurs with little
effort, this enables breeding.
Striped skunks; these skunks have been
bred on a large scale for the fur trade since 1841 in fur
farms. 15th and 16th century explorers mentioned skunks kept
as pets by native americans.
hamster; was dicovered in 1931 and has just been bred since
animals have a flexible adaptability.
skunks; this is the most abundant skunk species and has the
largest distribution. They inhabit all types of habitats.
Syrian hamster; it's range is limited to a small area. It
has adapted to a specific environment but is outcompeted in
other types of habitat.
nourishment of the animals is easy obtained.
skunk; There is no standardardized food product as there is
for dogs but all ingredients to compose a daily mail is readily
hamster; Most pet stores sell special hamster food.
striped skunks are as domesticated as Syrian hamsters and
have been bred for al longer period of time.