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Striped Skunk
Mephitis mephitis





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Unmistakable and well known due to unique color pattern, and distinctive odor. Dorsal stripes converge to a V at the nape. A pair of dorsal stripes typically mark the back, but these may be so variable in size and shape that skunks look all white, all black, or spotted. The amount of white in the tail is similarly variable. Fur is coarse. Females are 15% smaller than males.

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