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Illustration from Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia/Corbis
Striped Skunk

Mephitis mephitis notata

Subspecies of Skunk



First Noted by Expedition
February 28, 1806, at Fort Clatsop, Oregon.
 

Description
Typically black with two broad white stripes on back meeting in cap on head and shoulders; thin white stripe down center of face. Bushy black tail, often with white tip or fringe. Length: 2031 in (5179 cm); tail: 7.315.5 in (18.539.4 cm). Weight: 614 lb (2.76.3 kg).
 

Habitat
Desert, woodlands, grassy plains, and suburbs.
 

Range
Most of U.S.; southern tier of Canadian provinces.
 

Note
Whereas most mammals have evolved coloration that blends with their environment, the striped skunk is boldly colored, advertising to potential enemies that it is not to be bothered. The Latin name for skunk, mephitis, means "smells bad."

Species information from enature.com
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