Striped Skunk

Striped Skunk

Striped Skunk

Scientific Name

Mephitis mephitis


The United States and southern Canada


Woodlands, forests, and grassy plains

What do they eat?

Insectivore; will eat fruit, plants, insects, arthropods, and small mammals


Least concern

Conservation Threats

Running into roadways and getting hit by cars

Fun Facts
  • Defense:
    1. They have a bright coat to warn others to stay away
    2. If the predator doesn't stay away, they hold up their tail to look as big as possible
    3. If that doesn’t work, then they spray; their spray can go up to 20 feet
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