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Striped skunk
(Mephitis mephitis)
walrus
Description
They are mamals that have a black body with dorsal white stripes that converge to a V at the nape. Their forehead has a narrow white stripe. They have small, triangular-shaped heads, short ears and black eyes that lack a nictitating membrane. Their legs are stout, with five-toed plantigrade feet and long foreclaws for digging. They have well-developed anal scent glands (characteristic of all skunks) that can emit a highly unpleasant odor when the skunk feels threatened.
Dimensions
Their average length is 13 to 18 inches, adding a bushy tail that is 7 to 10 inches. Adults average weight is 6 to8 lb.
Diet
They are opportunistic feeders that can eat insects such as grasshoppers, crickets, beetles; invertebrates, as worms, crayfish and also small mammals such as voles, as well as the eggs and young of ground-nesting birds.
Habitat & Range
Skunks inhabit woodlands, forests, wooded ravines and grassy plains. They have become more prominent in areas of extreme cultivation as well as in suburban neighborhoods. The striped skunk is widespread throughout North America. Its range includes south Canada as well as most of the continental United States.
Conservation status
THIS SPECIES IS LISTED AS LEAST CONCERN

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