Hooded Skunk

Conservation

Least concern conservation status

Scientific Classification

OrderCarnivora
FamilyMephitidae
GenusMephitis
Binomial nameMephitis macroura

Range Map

Hooded Skunk range map

Description

The hooded skunk is a species of mammal that can be distinguished from similar skunks by the long tails and softer fur.

These skunks are found in the southwestern regions of the United States, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. They typically inhabit grasslands, deserts and the foothills of mountains and tend to avoid high elevations.

Their average body length is about 70 cm, with a tail measuring around 38 cm. They usually weigh between 0.4 to 2.7 kilograms.

The common name of these animals is due to a ruff of white fur around their necks.

Hooded skunks diet primarily consists of vegetation, but they occasionally feed on insects and small vertebrates as well.

They are solitary animals, mainly active during the night.