Striped Skunk
Striped Skunk
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Order Carnivora

Family Mephitidae

Scientific Name

Mephitis mephitis

Thumbnail Description

It is one of the most recognizable of North America’s animals.

The striped skunk may dig its own dens.

Size & Weight

Adults:

BODY-LENGTH: 52–77 cm

WEIGHT: 1.8–4.5 kg (4.0–9.9 lb)

Newborns:

WEIGHT: 25–40 grams

Habitat

Woodlands, brushy corners, wooded ravines, rocky outcrops

Distribution

Southern Canada, the United States, northern Mexico

Diet

Grasshoppers, beetles, crickets, caterpillars, white-footed mice, voles, eggs, apples, blueberries, black cherries, ground cherries, corn, nightshade

Reproduction

2 – 10 kits

Sexual Maturity

Unknown

Population

Unknown

Lifespan

Unknown

Speed

Unknown

Baby Name

Kits

Home Range

Unknown

Group Name

Unknown

Predators

Cougars, coyotes, bobcats, badgers, red fox, gray fox, golden eagles, bald eagles, great horned owls

Sounds

Unknown

Groups

Unknown

Behavior

Nocturnal, Solitary

Conservation Status

Least Concern