North American Species:
Striped skunk (Mephitis mephitis;most common)
Spotted skunk (Spilogale putorius)
Hooded skunk (Mephitis macroura)
Hog-nosed skunk (Conepatus leucontus)
Average Size: 20 – 30″ long (including the tail); 6 – 10 lbs.
Average Lifespan: 2 to 4 years in the wild
Identifying Features: black and white fur; strong forefeet; long claws for digging
The most common and recognized skunk species in North America is the striped skunk, whose range extends from the southern half of Canada to the northernmost parts of Mexico, covering most of the continental United States.
One skunk fact unknown to most is that the creatures sometimes need police assistance when they get their heads stuck in yogurt containers.