How to Tell If A Skunk Has Rabies
Skunks are mammals and all mammals can carry rabies. In fact, skunks are one of the leading four animals that carry rabies (raccoons, skunks, foxes, and bats). Because of this it is very important that you know the signs of rabies before you venture outside into areas where you can come across an animal that has the disease.
Background Information on Rabies
Rabies is a disease that attacks an mammal's central nervous system (this affects the animal's brains as well as their nerves). The disease can be spread by the saliva of infected animals to other animals. Because the disease attacks major organs of the body, skunks with rabies displays unusual characteristics.
How Can I Spot a Skunk with Rabies?
Rabies effects the brain of animals, so they will be acting unusual and will be making questionable decisions. This will include running around for no reason, attacking objects that are not dangerous, injuring themselves, and showing no fear of being captured or attacked by larger predators. It's not uncommon for animals with rabies to expose themselves in the open (when normally they would hide). An old wives tale is if you see one of the above animals (mentioned in the first paragraph) walking around during daylight hours in the open, the chances are that they have rabies.
Another tell-tale sign of rabies is from the animals walking stride. It's not uncommon to see an unusual gait and where they are commonly trip over themselves or fall down. It should also be noted that not all animals with rabies will foam at the mouth.
You should always take precaution when going into areas where you may come in contact with animals carrying rabies. If a wild animal comes in contact with you and scratches, attacks, or bites you or your pet you should consult a doctor or a vet.