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Humboldt's Hog-Nosed Skunk

Humboldt's Hog-Nosed Skunk Range Map (South America)
Humboldt's Hog-Nosed Skunk Range Map
(South America)

Latin Name Conepatus humboldti
Conservation Status Least Concern
Location South America
Colour Black/Reddish Brown & White
Length 25 - 37 cms (10 - 14.5 inches)
Tail 30 - 57 cms (12 - 22.5 inches)
Weight 1.5 - 3 Kgs (3.25 - 6.5 lbs)
Life Expectancy


Main Characteristics

Humboldt's Hog-Nosed Skunks have a body length between 25 and 37 cms (10 - 14.5 inches), a tail length between 30 and 57 cms (12 - 22.5 inches) and they weigh between 1.5 and 3 kgs (3.25 - 6.5 lbs).

They are black or reddish/brown in colour with white stripes that begin on the top of the head and extend down each side of the body to the tail.

Like all skunks, the Humboldt's Hog-Nosed 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.


Humboldt's Hog-Nosed Skunks can be found in a range of habitats in southern South America.


Humboldt's Hog-Nosed Skunks mainly feed on insects, but they may also eat small mammals and fruit.


Nothing has been documented about reproduction in Humboldt's Hog-Nosed Skunks but it is assumed that it is similar to other species of hog-nosed skunk.


Humboldt's Hog-Nosed Skunks have no natural predators.


Subspecies of the Humboldt's Hog-Nosed Skunk include:

Conepatus humboldtii castaneus
Conepatus humboldtii humboldtii
Conepatus humboldtii proteus

Interesting Facts

Humboldt's Hog-Nosed Skunks are also known as:
Patagonian Hog-Nosed Skunk

Similar Animals

American Hog-Nosed Skunk
Molina's Hog-Nosed Skunk
Striped Hog-Nosed Skunk
Eastern Spotted Skunk
Western Spotted Skunk
Southern Spotted Skunk
Pygmy Spotted Skunk
Palawan Stink Badger


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