| Latin Name
| Conservation Status
||North & Central America
||Black & White
||28 - 33 cms (11 - 13 inches)
||37 cms (14.5 inches)
||0.4 - 0.9 Kgs (0.9 - 2 lbs)
| Life Expectancy
Hooded Skunks are similar to striped skunks. They have a body length between 28 and 33 cms (11 - 13 inches), a tail length of approximately 37 cms (14.5 inches) and they weigh between 0.4 and 0.9 kgs (0.9 - 2 lbs).
They are white from the top of their head to the end of their tail and their underside, face and legs are black.
Like all skunks, the Hooded Skunk has well developed anal glands that they emit musk from if they are threatened. These glands contain a "nipple" that allows the skunk to aim its spray accurately at its attackers.
Hooded Skunks can be found in the scrub and dry grasslands of North and Central America. They tend to live close to a water source, such as a river or stream.
Hooded Skunks mainly feed on insects, but they also eat small mammals and some vegetation, particularly prickly pears.
Little is known about reproduction in Hooded Skunks. They breed from the middle of February to the end of March and after a gestation period of approximately 2 months, they produce an average of 3 young per litter.
Subspecies of the Hooded Skunk include:
Mephitis macroura eximius
Mephitis macroura macroura
Mephitis macroura milleri
Mephitis macroura richardsoni
Skunks are believed to be one of the principle carriers of rabies in North America.