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Striped Skunk
Mephitis mephitis

  • Habitat: Forests, coastal swamps, deserts and scrubland
  • Range: Across North America (Canada, Mexico and the U.S.A)
  • Natural Diet: Insects, small mammals, birds, eggs, fish, and crustaceans
  • Status in the Wild: Common


Fun Facts

  • Striped skunks are habitat generalists
  • They have an excellent defense strategies against predators; they  spray a foul smelling liquid that can cause temporary blindness
  • Another defense mechanism is stomping their feet and arching their backs and lifting their tails
  • They are active by night and their coat color of black and white help them camouflage hiding them from their predators


Conservation Threats

The major threats are:

  • Habitat loss, agricultural practices, and pollution through chemicals used in agricultural fields and in forests.
  • Illegal hunting and trapping also can have a detrimental influence on their numbers in the wild

Striped Skun Striped skunks are habitat generalists living and surviving in diverse habitats

Striped skunks have long conical heads and their forefeet sport long curved claws


Map Distributional range - Striped skunks are found throughout North America