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 striped skunk

Scientific name: Mephitis mephitis

Habitat: desert, woodlands, grassy plains, and suburbs

Diet: roots, shoots, berries, insects, mice, frogs, bird's eggs

Life span: 1-3 years

Young: 2-10, usually 4-7 young

Size: 1.2-5.3 kg (2.6-11.6 lbs)

A skunk can spray their offensive odour up to 4.5 m (15 ft) which can be smelled 1.6 km (1 mile) away. Most animals learn to recognize a skunk's striped pattern and avoid it, although occasionally coyotes, foxes and bobcats prey on them.

Skunks do not hibernate, although in northern regions, they may spend several weeks being inactive in their underground dens.

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Striped skunk on Animal Diversity Web


Range: North America

Status in the Wild

Status: thriving

For More Information

Edmonton Valley Zoo

13315 Buena Vista Road (87th Avenue)
PO Box 2359
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7


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