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Small Mammals

Striped Skunk

Skunks are nocturnal omnivores and will search for their food at night. They are renowned for their ability to spray a foul smelling odour, which is a defence mechanism that works very well in deterring predators.

If threatened, skunks will display a number of warning signs including stamping their feet, lifting their tail, scraping their claws back and displaying their anal scent gland. Their black and white markings also act as a warning sign.

DID YOU KNOW? Skunks do not produce the worst smelling odour in the animal kingdom, that prize goes to the African zorilla!

Current Status

  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

Key Facts

Insects, small mammals, birds and vegetation.
Mustelidae
4 - 5 years wild
10 - 15 years captivity
Least Concern
North America and northern Mexico.
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