We recently got a whiff of one of Florida’s least understood mammals — the eastern spotted skunk. About 3 a.m. the pungent rank odor woke both of us from a sound sleep. Living wild skunks are seldom seen.
Two skunk species exist throughout Florida except in the keys. The striped skunk, Mephitis mephitis, is the larger species. They are about the size of a house cat with usually two broad white stripes that meet at the nose and then fan out along the length of the body and into the tail. The fur is soft and silky. This is the skunk most commonly seen as road kill —they’re slow moving.
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