Spilogale putorius- the Eastern Spotted Skunk





  • Spilogale putorius is rarely seen, because it is very quick and agile (Bradley 1997).
  • Being one of the most active skunks out there, the spotted skunk does not hibernate. However, they become less active in intense weather conditions (Bullock 2008).
  • These skunks are beneficial to farms, because they help control mice and insects (Bullock 2008).skunk
  • They are a species of least concern for endangerment (Bradley 1997).
  • Foot stomping and their famous handstand are unique traits that separate them from their fellow skunks (Bradley 1997).
  • Sometimes if the individual struggles to bite into an egg for food, they will push the egg to their hind legs and kick the egg open (Bullock 2008).
  • Climbing trees is also a unique feature to escape predators (Bullock 2008).
  • They’re one of the smallest skunk species (Bradley 1997).
  • And they’re obviously adorable!


  • Sources used to compile Facts included: Mammals of Texas- Online Edition and Mammals of Mississippi Journal, all of which can be found on the Reference page, and are specified above.


For an interesting twist on the spraying mechansim of the Spotted Skunk, follow this video link to get a visualization!

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