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American Hog-nosed Skunk

Conepatus leuconotus


The American hog-nosed skunk is a species of hog-nosed skunk from Central and North America, and is one of the largest skunk in the world, growing to lengths of up to 2.7 feet.


I was waiting for this guy since 5 in the morning. I've been tracking him and found his home so i staked it out with my fiance. after watching his morning routines, i was surprised when he snuk up on us! he gave a startle as much as we startled him! hahaha. so he decided to turn around a take off. at that point i hadn't done all this for nothing so i chased him! i was much faster, skunks are slow, so he threatened to spray me and i was no more than 10 ft away. i started talking calmly to him and back up a little. he turned around and challenged me, all the while im taking pictures. unfortunatley some long grass was in my way that i didn't notice and its darker out than it looks so it was hard to focus. but this is what i got. him disappearing into his emergency escape hole.

1 species ID suggestions

Striped Skunk
Mephitis mephitis Striped skunk - Wikipedia


ForestDragon 11 months ago

It looks like you have a lovely Striped Skunk here!

The American Hog-nosed skunk looks a bit different and does not appear to occur in California. See here:

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 6 years ago

haha thanks alice!

alicelongmartin 6 years ago

Worth looking at for the story!

Sebastopol, California, USA

Lat: 38.40, Long: -122.83

Spotted on Aug 9, 2012
Submitted on Aug 9, 2012

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