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Updated: 06/13/2013 04:12:01PM

Spotted skunk—
one of Florida’s least understood mammals

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ARCADIAN PHOTO BY SUSAN HOFFMAN

You may have seen some adorable de-scented skunks at the Rio de la Paz Festival or at Pioneer Day. To adopt a pet skunk in Florida, you must first have a Class III Wildlife Permit.

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ARCADIAN PHOTO BY SUSAN HOFFMAN

Skunks can be de-scented and are said to make great pets. Normally the striped skunk is the species kept as pets. For more information on skunks as pets, go to www.floridaskunkrescue.com.

PHOTO FROM WIKIMEDIA.ORG (Mickey Bohnacker)

The fur of the spotted skunk, Spilogale putorius, has a distinctive pattern of broken stripes or spots.

By Karen Smoke

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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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