Spotted skunks

Spotted skunks

Order : Carnivora
Family : Mustelidae
Subfamily : Mephitinae
Genus : Spilogale

 

Facts about the genus Spilogale, the spotted skunks

Social organization Eastern spotted skunks are solitary and nocturnal.

Spotted skunks are found in most parts of the United States, though there are two varieties, the western and the eastern.

Eastern Spotted Skunk (Spilogale putorius) Spotted skunks are much more active and alert than any of the other skunks.

Eastern Spotted Skunks are nocturnal and thusly they are active primarily at night, where they are seen foraging for food in the eastern plains.

htm Spotted skunks are much more active and alert than any of the other skunks.

Spilogale putorius makes a good standard for the expected individual variation in species of Brachyprotoma, both because Spilogale is probably the most closely related extant genus to Brachyprotoma and because S.

Spotted skunks are predatory in that they frequently feed on rodents, small reptiles and crayfish, conveniently utilizing gopher tortoise burrows for both shelter and hunting.

The diet of spotted skunks is almost entirely beneficial to man.

The scientific name, Spilogale, is taken from Greek and means spotted (spilo) weasel (gale).

The striped and spotted skunks are common in San Diego County's rural and urban areas; the striped skunk is larger and more common than the spotted skunk.

Unlike striped skunks, Spilogale is adept at climbing and can utilize dens in standing hollow trees.

Mustellidae, CARNIVORA DESCRIPTION Adult -- Including the tail, spotted skunks are 47. (Full text)

  Spotted skunks are good climbers and will climb trees to escape from predators. (Full text)

It is more closely related to the eastern spotted skunk than tire larger striped skunk It's name, spilogale, is from the Greek spilo (spotted) and gale (weasel). (Full text)

Spotted skunks are much more active and alert than any of the other skunks. (Full text)

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