The skunk family Mephitidae consists of 13 species, almost all of which are restricted to the New World from Southern Canada to the Strait of Magellan in South America. The exception are Stink Badgers who can be found in Indonesia. Skunks are known for their ability to spray a strong smelling liquid to ward off predators.
All rights reserved. Skunks are legendary for their powerful predator-deterrent—a hard-to-remove, horrible-smelling spray. A skunk's spray is an oily liquid produced by glands under its large tail.
Eastern striped skunks are about the size of a house cat. Striped skunks weigh up to 8 pounds. They have a small, white stripe on their forehead which splits and expands down the sides of its back.
Skunks are mammals native to North America and South Americ a. They are part of the family Mephitidae. Although they resemble the polecat, they are not related.
Skunks are North and South American mammals in the family Mephitidae. While related to polecats and other members of the weasel familyskunks have as their closest Old World relatives the stink badgers. The other is a low animal, about the size of a little dog or cat.
Striped skunks are easily distinguishable by their pattern and the color of their fur. The majority of their fur is black and they have a thin, white stripe that runs along the top of their snout and forehead. They also have a prominent white marking, which starts on their neck and runs down their back, splitting into a thick, V-shape near their rump.
Their conspicuous black and white coloration warns of their best defense, the strong-smelling musk they spray to ward off threats. Skunks have poor eyesight and mostly hunt by nose and hearing, so it can be easy to startle one. However, often skunks give warning before spraying by stomping their feet and arching their back as a caution.
The striped skunk is about the same size as a house cat. It has a small triangular head and little ears. Its legs are short with webbed toes and claws the striped skunk uses for digging and looking for food.