Striped skunk (Mephitis mephitis)

Origin- Nearly all skunks live in the Americas, except for the Asian Stink Badgers that have recently been added to the skunk family

Lifespan- They are short lived, their lifespan in the wild is no more than 3 years. In captivity, they may live up to 15 years

Diet- Skunks are omnivorous, eating both plant and animal material and changing their diets as the season changes

Description- The most common fur colour in the wild for a striped skunk is black and white, however selective breeding has resulted in the emergence of various colour mutations, including black, chocolate-brown or smokey grey and white, apricot, albino, white and lavender. Skunks are notorious for their anal scent glands which they use as a defensive weapon. They are reluctant to use this spray as it takes 10 days to produce another supply.

Conservation- Skunks are listed as least concern on the IUCN Red List

least concern