American hog-nosed skunk

When they encounter a threat, the first resort is to run to a safe area rather than spraying at the enemy

Louis Agassiz Fuertes

American hog-nosed skunks have a black coat and a broad white head-to-tail stripe; the tail is entirely white. Therefore, their back is primarily white. They also have an elongated snout that resembles a hedgehog to enhance their sense of smell. Foreclaws are long and well-adapted for digging.

In hotter areas, they do not emerge during the daytime and only come out at dawn or dusk to forage. However, they come out in the daytime during the winter. When they forage, they have a habit of rooting and overturning rocks and debris to search for food, such as insects and some vegetation.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
El Salvador
2015
Guatemala
2015
Honduras
2015
Mexico
2015
Nicaragua
2015
United States
2015

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No