Striped skunks are easily identified by their coloring pattern of white stripes on black. This pattern serves as a warning to would be predators that they can spray an extremely foul-smelling liquid when threatened. Scent glands at the base of the tail contain about one tablespoon of oily discharge at a time, enough for 5 to 6 sprays.
Skunks have an excellent sense of smell for locating food. They use their short legs and five clawed toes to dig up insects and worms.
Where to see them:
1.5 to 2.5 ft
6 to 10 lbs
Up to 10 yrs
Woodlands and grasslands
Fruit, nuts, insects, worms and other small critters