IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

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The Striped Skunk is omnivorous which means it eats both plants and meat. Their diet includes insects, small mammals, fish, crustaceans, fruits, nuts, leaves, grasses and carrion (dead animals).


Striped skunks are natives of North America and occur from northern Mexico to southern Canada. They prefer open areas with a variety of habitats and inhabit a range of areas from wooded areas to riparian canyons, preferring habitats that are thick and brushy.

Fun Fact

They have developed a unique defence mechanism – when threatened they first try to run away, then arch their back, raise their tail and stomp their feet. If that doesn’t work they spray the predator with a strong smelling fluid. They can spray up to 12 feet away.


Up to three years in the wild and 15 years in captivity.

The Striped Skunk (Mephitis mephitis) can be found in northern America. They can be found in every state except Alaska and Hawaii.

Population: Their population is monitored and classified as ‘least concern’.

Behaviour:  They are nocturnal which means they sleep during the day, in hollow logs or abandoned animal burrows, and are active at night.

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