|About a foot, nose to rump.* The board is 3 1/2 inches square.|
He hated the flash, and took off running as soon as it went off.
Can immature skunks spray? I looked it up. Yes, they can. They've got the equipment at birth, and learn to use it around the 8th day. So this skunk "teen" is armed and dangerous. He may be able to spray up to 10 feet away. I'll keep my distance.
Every few days, one of the skunks has occasion to stink up the neighbourhood. Maybe a night-prowling cat gets too close, or a raccoon challenges its access to a garbage bin; whatever it is makes us hurry to slam our windows and doors. The smell is sometimes strong enough to burn the back of my throat, and I look for a skunk nearby, without seeing it. It turns out that the animal could be blocks away.
" . . . the spray can cause irritation and even temporary blindness, and is sufficiently powerful to be detected by a human nose up to a mile down wind." (Wikipedia)
*Adult sizes are given, variously, from about 13 inches nose to rump, plus up to 10 inches for the tail, or 22.5 to 31.5 inches, tail included. The mother that we saw a month ago was somewhere in the middle range, and heavier-looking than tonight's visitor.