Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Mammalia
Order - Carnivora
Family - Mephitidae
Genus - Mephitis



The skunk (also known as the polecat) are most commonly known for their ability to secrete a foul, strong smelling odor from their rear end, when the skunk feels that it is under threat.
Scientific Info
Scientific Name - Mephitis Mephitis
Type - Mammal
Diet - Omnivore
Size - 40-80cm (15.6-31in)
Weight - 0.5-6.3kg (1.1-14lbs)
Top Speed - 16km/h (10mph)
Life Span - 5-8 years
Lifestyle - Solitary
Conservation Status - Least Concern
Colour - Black, White, Grey
Skin Type - Fur
Favourite Food - Insects
Habitat - Open woodland and dense shrub
Average Clutch Size - 6
Main Prey - Insects, Rodents, Rabbits
Predators - Owls, Coyote, Wild cats
Distinctive Features - Striped fur and defensive stink gland

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