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Skunk

MORE INFO ABOUT OUR NEW SKUNK "BADGER" COMING SOON!

ORDER: Carnivora           
FAMILY: Mephitidae         
GENUS: Mephitis             
SPECIES: Macroura 

Hooded skunks are solitary creatures; however, they may gather in small groups at a feeding ground without showing any signs of aggression. They shelter in a burrow or a nest of thick plant cover during the day and are active at night. Like other skunks, for self-defense they spray bad-smelling oily musk from two gland located at the base of their tail. They are omnivores, their diet consists mostly of vegetation, especially prickly pear, but they also eat insects, small vertebrates, and bird eggs. During mating season, the male mates with several females. They usually breed from February to March and after a gestation period of 50 days, females give birth to 3-8 kits.

Threats

Currently not endangered due to their ability to live in human suburban areas. Their fur is of low economical value. They are hunted by people and owls for food.

Conservation Status

LC - Least Concern

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