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Conepatus semistriatus

Striped Hog-nosed Skunk

Order: Carnivora
Family: Mephitidae

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Conservation Status: Least Concern.

Striped Hog-nosed Skunks are solitary, nocturnal, and omnivorous. Their diet consists mostly of insects and other invertebrates. They leave their burrows soon after dusk and follow well-established pathways to their foraging grounds, where they root around with their long, bare snouts and their claws to uncover food items. They dig burrows up to 2 meters long under fallen trees or around tree roots that they use as daytime resting places. These skunks are fairly large and stocky. They often hold their short tails erect, with the white hairs fanned out. Females produce litters of 3-5 offspring.

Range: Head and Body: 340-500 mm; Tail: 166-310 mm

Range: 1.4-3.5 kg


Boddaert, P., 1784 [1785]. Elenchus animalium, Roterodami. (Hake), 1:84.


Mammal Species of the World

Distribution of Conepatus semistriatus