About
Animal Facts
Common Name:
Skunk (hybrid)
Scientific Name:
Mephitis spp.
Behavior:
  • Skunks are solitary except during mating season.
  • Skunks are nocturnal (active at night).
  • They do not not hibernate during winter.
  • Skunks have scent glands that discharge a very stinky fluid spray up to 18 ft away.
Diet:
Omnivore
Height:
7 in
Weight:
7 lb
Length:
2 ft
Number of Young:
5-6
Habitats:
  • Forest
  • Grassland
  • Shrubland
Fun Facts:
  • After mating, the female does not stay with the male and becomes aggressive towards him, vocalizing, stamping her feet, and fighting if necessary.
  • In cold climates, they may occupy dens with several females or females and a single male.
  • They do give plenty of warning before spraying, including arching back, raising tail, stomping feet and even doing a handstand on front feet.
  • Stinker is believed to be a hybrid of hooded and striped skunk.
Threats:
  • Climate Change
  • Disease
  • Habitat Loss
Endangered Status
Endangered Status
  • Extinct in Wild (EW)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Not Evaluated (NE)