Striped skunk (Mephitis mephitis)
- 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.
Classified as Least Concern (LC) on the IUCN Red List (1).
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IUCN Red List (October, 2009)