Striped skunk (Mephitis mephitis)

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Striped skunk foraging in wild turkey nest
IUCN Red List species status – Least Concern LEAST
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  • The striped skunk is the most common skunk in North America and is found in Canada, the United States and Mexico.
  • Skunks are famous for their defence behaviour, spraying a pungent fluid from glands near the base of the tail when threatened.
  • Skunks can spray this foul-smelling fluid up to twelve feet.
  • The striped skunk is omnivorous; while mainly feeding on insects it also occasionally eats small mammals, birds and plant matter.
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Striped skunk fact file

Striped skunk description

KingdomAnimalia
PhylumChordata
ClassMammalia
OrderCarnivora
FamilyMephitidae
GenusMephitis (1)

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Striped skunk status

Classified as Least Concern (LC) on the IUCN Red List (1).

IUCN Red List species status – Least Concern

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References

  1. IUCN Red List (October, 2009)
    http://www.iucnredlist.org/
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Striped skunk foraging in wild turkey nest  
Striped skunk foraging in wild turkey nest

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