Mephitis mephitis

Common Names: Striped skunk
Category: Mammals
Sub-category: Skunks

The striped skunk has a black body with a white stripe along each side of its body; the two stripes join into a broader white area at the nape. Its forehead has a narrow white stripe. Similar in size to a house cat, this species is the heaviest species of skunk. Adult specimens can weighs variously from 2.5 to 15 lbs, although the average weight is 6 to 8 lbs. This species' head-and-body length (excluding the tail) is 13 to 18 inches. Males tend to be around 10% larger than females. The bushy tail is 7 to 10 inches long, and sometimes has a white tip. The presence of a striped skunk is often first made apparent by its odor. It has well-developed anal scent glands (characteristic of all skunks) that can emit a highly unpleasant odor when the skunk feels threatened by another animal.

Skunks can be found in a number of habitats, including woodlands, grasslands and agricultural lands. They often wander into residential neighborhoods.

Edible Notes: Skunks are edible, however not generally considered appetizing due to the smell. The anal scent glands must be removed before cooking.
Warnings: Do not approach unless you want to get sprayed with their foul smelling odor.