The warm, humid climate of central Florida provides favorable habitat for eastern spotted skunks year-round. Average temperatures range from the 60s°F in north Florida to the 70s°F in south Florida. Rainfall totals 50 to 65 inches annually.
Eastern spotted skunks inhabit forested areas like pine flatwoods and hardwood hammocks but readily adapt to disturbed environments. They den in hollow logs, stumps, brush piles, and burrows made by other animals. Downed logs provide pathways. Spotted skunks also live in barns, crawlspaces, and under sheds.
Access to wooded areas near residential neighborhoods provides food from gardens, compost bins, and wild prey. Central Florida’s mild winters and ample foraging habitat allow dense spotted skunk populations to become established.