Latest Spotted skunk Stories

2009-11-11 09:26:41

Predators with experience of skunks avoid them both because of their black-and-white coloration and their distinctive body shape, according to UC Davis wildlife researcher Jennifer Hunter. The study was published online Oct. 21 in the journal Behavioral Ecology. Hunter wanted to know how predators know a skunk is a skunk. Biologists had assumed that the distinctive black-and-white color scheme was a marker saying, "keep away." Hunter prepared taxidermy mounts of skunks and of gray foxes, an...

2008-08-05 00:00:32

The Allegheny County Health Department is looking for people who may have come in contact with a rabid stray cat. The department said today that a long-haired black cat with white chest hair found near Gardenville Road in Bethel Park last week has tested positive for rabies. It bit at least one person and has since been euthanized. "We're encouraging anyone else who may have been bitten or scratched by this stray cat to come forward, so they can be evaluated and treated without delay," Dr....

2008-07-01 21:00:19

By Dan X. McGraw, The Dallas Morning News Jul. 1--The supply of human rabies vaccines in Texas is at a historically low level, but health officials say it doesn't pose a threat to the public. Two manufacturers of the vaccine reduced supplies this year because of contamination problems and plant closures, prompting a nationwide shortage of vaccines, said Doug McBride, a spokesman for the Texas Department of State Health Services. As a result, the state of Texas has stopped stockpiling...

Latest Spotted skunk Reference Libraries

2007-06-25 07:49:51

The Eastern Spotted Skunk, Spilogale putorius, is one of three species of spotted skunks in the genus Spilogale. Spotted skunks weigh between 1 and 3 pounds. They are black with a white spot on the forehead and interrupted white stripes over its back and sides that give the appearance of spots. The spotted skunk protects itself by spraying a strong and unpleasant scent. Two glands on the sides of the anus release the odorous oil through nipples. When threatened, the skunk turns its body...

2007-01-22 14:50:32

The striped skunk, Mephitis mephitis, is an omnivorous mammal of the skunk family Mephitidae. Found over most of the North American continent north of Mexico, it is one of the most well known mammals in Canada and the United States. The striped skunk has a black body with a white stripe along each side of its body. The two stripes join into a broader white area at the nape. Its forehead has a narrow white stripe. It weighs 6 to 14 pounds (2.7 to 6.3 kg) with a body length (excluding the...

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