Striped Skunk

Mephitis mephitis

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.

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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.

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where to see themWhere to see them: Education Programs
lengthLength: 1.5 to 2.5 ft
weightWeight: 6 to 10 lbs
life expectancyLife Expectancy: Up to 10 yrs
ecological roleEcological Role: Omnivore
habitatHabitat: Woodlands and grasslands
dietDiet: Fruit, nuts, insects, worms and other small critters