Striped Skunk

(Mephitis mephitis)

As one of the largest and most widespread skunk species in North America, it can be found throughout Oregon.  

It is easily identified by the two white bands that run the length of its black body from the back of the head to the tip of the tail.

Diet and habitat 
The striped skunk consumes insects and other invertebrates, small mammals, birds and their eggs. The striped skunk is a highly adaptable creature and makes its home in a variety of habitats, from dense woodland to the woodpile behind a house. It rarely strays far from water and prefers young to middle-aged forest stands, agricultural lands, meadows and brushy areas where food is plentiful.

Predators and threats
It can spray a foul-smelling liquid from anal scent glands located under the tail; as a result it has few natural enemies. However, it is sometimes preyed upon by great horned owls, barred owls and red-tailed hawks.

It produces from two to 10 young per litter, and one litter per year.


9755 SW Barnes Rd., Suite 210        
Portland, OR 97225        
Phone: 971-673-2944        
Fax: 971-673-2946

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