eastern spotted skunk

(Spilogale putorius)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

 

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N4 - Apparently Secure

S2 - Imperiled

Minnesota

Threatened

Species in Greatest Conservation Need

Occurrence

Common in eastern and central United States. Rare in Minnesota.

Habitat

Open and brushy areas, especially agricultural areas.

Lifespan

10 years in captivity

Size

Total length: 18 to 27


Identification

This is a small, slender skunk. It is shaped like a weasel. It has four narrow white stripes that break into spots on the hindquarters.

 
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Species

Striped skunk (Mephitis mephitis) is larger and stockier. Its shape is more like a cat. It has two white stripes that join together in a V shape at the shoulders.


Food

Small mammals, especially house mouse in agricultural areas.

 
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Behavior

 


Distribution Distribution Map  

Map sources: 6, 29.

Other sources (not included on map): 15, 72, 76. These include historical local and township specimens and records in localities where the eastern spotted skunk is now presumed extirpated.


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Taxonomy

Order:

Carnivora (carnivores)

 

Suborder:

Caniformia (caniform carnivores)

 

Family:

Mephitidae (skunks)

 
Subordinate Taxa

eastern spotted skunk (Spilogale putorius putorius)

Florida spotted skunk (Spilogale putorius ambarvalis)

growling spotted skunk (Spilogale putorius ringens)

Indianolan spotted skunk (Spilogale putorius indianola)

prairie spotted skunk (Spilogale putorius interrupta)

 
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Common
Names

eastern spotted skunk

spotted skunk


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

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  Spotted Skunk in Dumpster video 001.avi
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Uploaded on Feb 4, 2010

The Spotted Skunk (Spilogale putorius) is smaller and more weasel-like than the striped skunk. Both species are nocturnal and crepuscular. The spotted skunks are faster and more agile than the striped skunks and they have better pelts.

 
     
  Spotted skunk handstand - Weird Nature - BBC wildlife
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Uploaded on Jan 16, 2009

Enter the amazing world of the spotted skunk with this brilliant clip from BBC wildlife show 'Weird Nature'. A chance to see skunk defences at first hand, this short video includes images of a spotted skunk performing foot stomping, hand stands, and predatory spraying to ward off potential attackers.

 
     
  Eastern Spotted Skunk
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An Eastern Spotted Skunk named Charlie let out of his cage in the back porch.

 
     
  Brave skunk eating cat food
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Uploaded on Nov 15, 2011

A brave eastern spotted skunk eating cat food.

 
     

 

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