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striped skunk

Mephitis mephitis

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Fact File

Average size

46-80cm in length



Litter size


life span

2-3 years in the wild

The striped skunk is recognized by its distinctive black and white coloration. When threatened, it can emit a strong-smelling spray as a potent defence mechanism.


Despite their reputation for being pungent, striped skunks play a valuable role in controlling insect populations, as a significant portion of their diet consists of insects and grubs.

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Did you know?!

Striped skunks are primarily nocturnal and have poor vision but possess an excellent sense of smell for locating prey.

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