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Striped Hog-Nosed Skunk

Striped Hog-Nosed Skunk Range Map (Central & South America)
Striped Hog-Nosed Skunk Range Map
(C & S America)
Attribution: IUCN, species assessors & spatial data authors

Latin Name Conepatus semistriatus
Conservation Status Least Concern
Location Central & South America
Colour Black & White
Length 57 cms (22 inches)
Tail -
Weight 1.6 Kgs (3.5 lbs)
Life Expectancy


Main Characteristics

Striped Hog-Nosed Skunks have an average length of 57 cms (22 inches) and an average weight of 1.6 kgs (3.5 lbs).

They are black in colour with a white area beginning at the back of their neck and extending into two white stripes. Their tail is black and white and it is not as bushy as it is in other species of skunk.

Like all skunks, the Striped 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.


Striped Hog-Nosed Skunks can be found in a range of habitats in central and South America.


Hog-Nosed Skunks are omnivores and they feed on insects, small mammals, lizards, fruit and eggs.


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


Nothing has been documented regarding predators of Striped Hog-Nosed Skunks


Subspecies of the Striped Hog-Nosed Skunk include:

Conepatus semistriatus amazonicus
Conepatus semistriatus semistriatus
Conepatus semistriatus taxinus
Conepatus semistriatus trichurus
Conepatus semistriatus yucatanicus
Conepatus semistriatus zorrino

Interesting Facts

Striped Hog-Nosed Skunks are also known as:
Amazonian Hog-Nosed Skunk

Similar Animals

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


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