American Hog-nosed Skunk

Conservation

Least concern conservation status

Scientific Classification

OrderCarnivora
FamilyMephitidae
GenusConepatus
Binomial nameConepatus leuconotus

Range Map

American hog-nosed skunk range map
Range of species in blue

Description

The American hog-nosed skunk is larger than all other skunks from North America. They have a shorter tail but larger body.  Their body length is up to 80 cm with a tail up to 40 cm.  They can weigh up to 4.5 kg.

The American hog-nosed skunk has a white stripe along their back and tail.  Their bodies are black, and their fur is coarser than all other skunks.  

The American hog-nosed skunk has a nose different from other skunks, which is protruding, long and wide like a pig.