Striped Skunk (Mephitis mephitis)
*Apologies, it seems the Striped Skunk hs butted his way into the queue a second time due to a bookkeeping error. Enjoy this bonus edition….
This fellow was casually checking out our no-mow lawn one evening and vigourously excavating for larvae of beetles etc. Very handsome.
Striped skunks are polygamous omnivores with few natural predators, save for birds of prey. Like all skunks, they possess highly developed, musk-filled scent glands to ward off predators
The English word skunk has two root words of Algonquian and Iroquoian origin, specifically seganku (Abenaki) and scangaresse (Huron). The Cree and Ojibwe word shee-gawk is the root word for Chicago, which means ‘skunk-land’.Alternative English names for the striped skunk include common skunk, Hudsonian skunk, northern skunk, black-tailed skunk and prairie polecat. The latter name was originally used by English settlers, who noted the animal’s similarity to the European polecat.