Spilogale – Spotted skunks

If a skunk sprays, don’t worry! Just take a few steps back calmly, and don’t be too hasty

These smelly mammals are native to North and Central America. They are recognizable due to the signature white stripes that run down the length of their black fur. They are also distinguished by the presence of white spots throughout the rest of the fur, which gives them their unique “spotted” look. They are small and stocky, and they are skilled climbers, swimmers, and hunters.

Though their smell is quite unpleasant to humans, they are actually beneficial to their environment. They are omnivorous, meaning they feed on both plants and animals, and they are particularly fond of insects. This helps to keep insect populations in check, which can be important for agricultural and forest ecosystems.