| Pygmy Spotted Skunks live along the tropical Pacific coast of Mexico, an area of booming tourism. These tiny skunks are sometimes trapped, killed, stuffed, and sold as souvenirs. Left to their own devices, they inhabit forest and desert scrub habitat, and den underground or under cover of rocks, vegetation, or other shelter. They eat insects, spiders, crayfish, small mammals - including an occasional bat - and birds, eggs, and some fruit and seeds. Probably their acute sense of smell helps them locate prey as they patrol pathways and streambeds at night. They are solitary: males defend their territories from other males. Females can have more than one litter a year, of one to six pups. The newborn skunks are covered with fine white hair. Their eyes and ears remain closed for about a month.
Tail: 70 mm males; 63 mm females
Total Length: 240-282 mm
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