SKUNKS OF ARIZONA
Hog-Nosed Skunk Release
Hog-Nosed Skunk Release

STRIPED SKUNK

HOODED SKUNK

HOGNOSED SKUNK

Spotted Skunk

Mating Season:

Spring

(Spotted Skunks mate in the Fall)

 

Mating Preferences:

Polygamous

 

Gestation period:

2 months

(Spotted Skunks is 4 months)

 

Birth Period:

April - May

 

Litters per Year:

1

 

# of Young Born:

3-7

(Spotted Skunks 2 - 4)  

 

Raising the Young:

Kits stay with the mother through the summer, accompanying her on nocturnal hunting forays, before dispersing in the fall. The male takes no part in the raising the young.

 

Behavior:

Striped, Hooded, and Hog-Nosed Skunks prefer riparian habitats. Spotted Skunks prefer rocky, mountainous areas. Skunks are nocturnally active throughout the year and do not hibernate. Males will form communal dens with several females, often sharing the living space with other critters such as Packrats.

 

Territory:

4 square miles.

 

Diet:

(Omnivores) 

Grasshoppers and other insects, grubs, worms, mice, young rabbits, lizards, bulbs, roots, and carrion.

 

Life Expectancy:

1 - 2 years

 

Fun Fact:

Arizona is home to 4 species of skunks!

(*see below)

 

*Striped Skunk 

They have a thin white stripe on the face and an unconnecting white striping pattern on their back.

 

*Hooded Skunk

They have a thin white stripe on the face and a thick single white stripe down the center of their back.

 

*Hog-Nosed Skunk 

No thin white stripe on the face with an entirely white back and tail. Their pig-like snout is elongated and slightly up-turned. They have long claws on the feet that are almost bear-like in appearance,

 

*Spotted Skunk 

Easily the distinguishable of the 4 by its smaller size and unique markings. They have a white triangular patch on the forehead and white spots under each ear. They have several stripes that run down the neck, back, and sides, giving the impression of blotches or spots. They’re the only skunk with climbing abilities.

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520-561-1355

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P.O. Box 91934

Tucson, AZ 85752

AZ Game & fish License #sp645318

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