The spotted skunk has excellent climbing skills, while the striped skunk has limited climbing abilities. Striped skunks are unable to climb up table legs or jump onto tables.Continue Reading
The striped skunk is the most common skunk species found in the United States. Its poor climbing abilities are partly due to its long nails which inhibit its ability to grasp onto things. These skunks are sometimes able to climb fences, but they are unable to climb trees or up into chimneys and attics.
The spotted skunk is a very good climber. It has the ability to climb trees easily and can even descend head first.Learn more about Mammals
Researchers believe albinism occurs in one out of every 10,000 mammal births, which makes the albino skunk a true oddity. Albino skunks, like all albino animals, fare poorly in their natural habitats and may even have a survival rate that is close to zero, since their color makes them stand out to predators.Full Answer >
A skunk's spray is an oily liquid produced in glands that are located under its tail. The skunk ejects this liquid when it's threatened by predators. Skunks have high accuracy when spraying within 10 feet and can spray as far as 25 feet with lower accuracy.Full Answer >
The common striped skunk is a North American native found throughout the U.S. and into Central Canada and Northern Mexico. Some skunk species, like the hog-nosed skunk and spotted skunk, can be found further south in South and Central America.Full Answer >
There are many different species of skunk, which break down into four distinct genera; species in the genus conepatus include the hog-nosed skunks, while the genus mephitis contains a hooded and striped skunk, the genus mydaus contains two types of stink badgers, also the newest members of the skunk family, and the genus spilogale has the spotted skunks — eastern, western, southern and pygmy. These skunk species share basic coat colors of black and white and reside around the world, although most live in the Western Hemisphere. However, despite belonging to the same family, different species of skunks live in various locations and show variations in behavior and physiological characteristics.Full Answer >