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Skunk - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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** Skunk **

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For other uses, see Skunk (disambiguation).
Not to be confused with Polecat.


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Skunks

Striped skunk
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Suborder: Caniformia
Superfamily: Musteloidea
Family: *Mephitidae* (in part, see text)
Bonaparte, 1845
Genera
/Conepatus/
/Mydaus/
/Mephitis/ (type)
/Spilogale/


Skunk genera ranges

*Skunks* (also called *polecats* in America) are mammals known for their
ability to spray a liquid with a strong odor. Different species of skunk
vary in appearance from black-and-white to brown or cream colored, but all
have warning coloration.

*Contents*

· 1 Etymology
· 2 Physical description
· 3 Diet
· 4 Behavior
· 5 Reproduction
· 6 Anal scent glands
· 7 Bites
· 8 Domestication
· 9 Classification
· 10 See also
· 11 References
· 12 External links

*Etymology[edit]*

The word "polecat" (with "pole" from either the French /poule/ "chicken" or
/puant/ "stinking"), which in Europe refers to the wild relatives of the
ferret, has been attested in the New World to refer to the skunk since the
1680s.^[1] The word "squunck" is attested in New England in the 1630s,
probably borrowed from Abenaki /seganku/^[2] or another Algonquian
language, with the Proto-Algonquian form */Å¡eka:kwa/ being a compound of
the roots */Å¡ek-/ meaning 'to urinate' and */-a:kw/ meaning 'fox'.^[3]
The name of the family and of the most common genus (Mephitidae,
/Mephitis/) means "stench", while /Spilogale putorius/ means "stinking
spotted weasel".^[/citation needed/]

*Physical description[edit]*

Skunk species vary in size from about 15.6 to 37 in (40 to 94 cm) and in
weight from about


Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skunk

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