Striped hog-nosed skunk

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Striped hog-nosed skunk
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Mephitidae
Genus: Conepatus
C. semistriatus
Binomial name
Conepatus semistriatus
(Boddaert, 1785) [2]
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Striped hog-nosed skunk range
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The striped hog-nosed skunk (Conepatus semistriatus) is a skunk species from Central and South America (from southern Mexico [3] [4] to northern Peru, and in the extreme east of Brazil). This species of skunk is considered a generalist species because they are able to thrive in and withstand disturbed environmental conditions. They can live in a wide range of habitats including carrasco, arboreal caatinga , mango orchard, and dry forest scrub and occasionally, in rainforest. [5]


These white-backed skunks inhabit mainly the foothills and partly timbered or brushy sections of their general range. They usually avoid hot desert areas and heavy stands of timber. The largest populations occur in rocky, sparsely timbered areas.

It is a nocturnal solitary animal, feeding mainly on invertebrates, small vertebrates and fruits. [5]

When temperature rises during the day, Conepatus semistriatus finds shelter in cool burrows and rests to maintain its body temperature and prevent water loss. Although C. semistriatus are predominantly nocturnal, studies show there is no significant correlation between brightness and activity.

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  5. 1 2 Emmons L. H. & Feer F. 1997 Neotropical Rainforest Mammals, A Field Guide.