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Originally the skunk kind did not use its musk to protect itself from its enemies because it had no enemies.
Originally the skunk kind did not use its musk to protect itself from its enemies because it had no enemies. Skunks are mostly nocturnal animals. This feature keeps skunks and humans from accidental contact during the day. However, if contact does occur, the skunk will give fair warning before detonating its weapon. A unique feature of the skunk is its ability to delay the implantation of a fertilized egg. This allows the skunk to give birth in the spring when chances of survival for the young are the best.
Western spotted skunk, hooded skunk, hog-nosed skunk
CLASS: Mammalia (mammal)
ORDER: Carnivora (meat-eating)
FAMILY: Mephitidae (skunks and stinker badgers)
GENUS/SPECIES: Mephitis mephitis
Size: 21–27 in (0.5–0.7 m); tail is 9–13 in (0.2–0.3 m)
Weight: 2.5–10 lbs (1.1–4.5 kg)
Original Diet: Plants
Present Diet: Insects, small mammals, fish, and carrion
Habitat: Forests, plains, and deserts, as well as urban areas