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Striped Skunk

CONSERVATION STATUS : LEAST CONCERN
COMMON EXTINCT
Classification:

Order: Carnivora
Genus & Species: Mephitis mephitis
Family: Mephitidae

Status:

Listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.

Range:

Spans most of North America.

Habitat:

Variety of habitats including woodlands, forests, wooded ravines, grassy plains, scrubland, riparian areas, cultivated areas, and suburban neighborhoods. Found at elevations from sea level to 5,900 feet (1800 meters) and occasionally up to 13,800 feet (4200 meters).

Activity:

Primarily nocturnal and occasionally crepuscular.

Diet:

Omnivorous, but will change its diet as needed. In late spring & summer, they are primarily insectivorous eating grasshoppers, crickets, beetles, larvae, and bees. They also eat worms, crayfish, voles, and eggs of ground-nesting birds. Up to 80-90% of a striped skunk diet is from other animals. They are known to feed on plants when in season; this includes corn, nightshade, and fruits such as black and ground cherries.