Striped Hog-nosed Skunk, Conepatus semistriatus

The striped hog-nosed skunk (Conepatus semistriatus) is native to South and Central America, but its range is fragmented. It is able to live in many habitats, including tropical areas and arid scrub forests. It prefers to reside in foothills with bushy scrub, and will avoid deserts or heavily forested areas. It is a nocturnal creature that feeds mainly on small vertebrates, fruits, and invertebrates. The striped hog-nosed skunk appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Least Concern.”

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