Mephitis mephitis (Striped Skunk)
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Habitat: Woodland edges and open country, to dry upland forests.

Habits: Striped Skunks are the most well known and common skunk. They live in dens, are nocturnal hunters, and are omnivores. Striped Skunks have poor eyesight, and must rely on a good sense of smell and hearing to search for food. They are excellent diggers. Striped Skunks have three to seven kits per litter. Striped Skunks will hiss, growl, and stamp their feet before spraying an enemy.


Artiodactyla
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Carnivora
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Chiroptera
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Didelphimorphia
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Insectivora
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Lagomorpha
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Rodentia
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Xenarthra
Scientific Names - Common Names

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