Order : Carnivora
Family : Mustelidae
Subfamily : Mephitinae
Genus : Conepatus
Animals in the genus Conepatus
|Eastern hog-nosed skunk|
|Striped hog-nosed skunk|
|Western hog-nosed skunk|
Facts about the genus Conepatus, the hog-nosed skunks
>> The spotted and hog-nosed skunks are protected in several states, and should be in all the remaining states they live.
1995: Hog-nosed skunks are an uncommon species in Gila National Forest (USDA Forest Service, 1995) *56*.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Striped, hooded, and hog-nosed skunks are approximately the same size, approaching the size of a small house cat.
Hog-nosed skunks are found in
Hog-nosed skunks are generally nocturnal but will sometimes feed in the warmer afternoon hours during the winter.
Spotted and hog-nosed skunks are protected in CO because they are threatened there.
The preliminary results however, indicate that GulfCoast and western hognosed skunks are closely related.
Usually, Common Hog Nosed Skunks are quite absorbed in whatever activity they are engaged in and pay predators and other animals little heed.
Why Brachyprotoma lost P2/ and shortened its tooth rows, paralleling the genus Conepatus, is a mystery.
Also unique to hog-nosed skunks is the nose, which resembles that of a little pig in that it is wide, long and protruding, and naked. (Full text)
conepatus is similar. (Full text)
Food Habits The diet of hog-nosed skunks is varied, but mainly concentrated on insects, lizards, and birds. (Full text)
The hooded and hog-nosed skunks are rarer and found mostly in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. (Full text)