Striped skunk

As if aware of how horrible the odor of their spray is, they don’t spray in confined spaces or dens

Dan & Lin Dzurisin

Striped skunks are the largest member of all skunks and can be recognized easily by the white stripe running from their head to the tail. The pattern of stripes is unique for each individual.

They have a well-developed scent gland that can spray oily, yellow-colored musk up to 3m (10 ft) and can be detected from 2.5km (1.5 miles) away. If a skunk spays you, tomato juice can help neutralize and remove the odor.

They’re omnivores that feed on insects, crustaceans, fish, small mammals, carrions, nuts, and fruits. Since they’re immune to snake venoms, they will also feed on poisonous snakes such as rattlesnakes.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Canada
2015
Mexico
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