Conepatus leuconotus has a larger body and shorter tail than other skunks. Total body length is generally 70 to 80 cm, and tail length is about 20 to 41 cm. Abstract: Conepatus leuconotus (Lichtenstein, ) is a mephitid commonly called the white-backed or American hog- nosed skunk. Conepatus leuconotus (Lichtenstein, ) is a mephitid commonly called the white-backed or American hog-nosed skunk. It is a sexually.
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The American hog-nosed skunk Conepatus leuconotus is a species of hog-nosed skunk from Central and North Americaand is one of the largest skunks in the world, growing leucnotus lengths of up to 2. In Texas, it is commonly known as the rooter skunk for its habit of rooting and overturning rocks and debris in search of food. The distinguishing feature of the American hog-nosed skunk is it has a single, broad white stripe from the top of the head to the base of the tail, with the tail itself being completely white.
It is the only skunk that lacks a white dot or medial bar between the eyes and has primarily black body fur. The snout of C.
The ears are small and rounded, and the eyes leuconotue relatively small. The fur is short and coarse. The American hog-nosed skunk has stocky legs and plantigrade feet the entire sole of the foot touches the ground. Its hind feet are broad and large with soles that are naked for about one-half their length. Its upper body is powerfully built, and the fore claws are very long. Length can range from The American hog-nosed skunk is adapted for digging, and resembles badgers rather than other species of skunks in this respect.
The rectangular-shaped scapulastrong forearms, and shape of the humeri of C. The nostrils are located ventrally and open downward. Their sense of smell is acute, and the nose is used in locating and capturing buried prey. This skunk species also is a capable climber, although not as agile as the spotted skunks of the genus Spilogale. Typically, gestation lasts about 60 days. Birth occurs in April and May.
Half-grown young have been observed in late July and cpnepatus, and by late August young begin to disperse. The litter size is one to five young, although two to four are most common.
This species occurs in canyonsstream sides, and rocky terrain. It has been collected in a variety of habitats in Mexico, including open desert-scrub and mesquite-grasslands, tropical areas, mountainscoastal plains, cornfields surrounded by brushland or adjacent to grassy plains and thickets of bull-horn acaciathorn woodland, and riparian forests, characterized by live-oaks, pecanssycamoresand Texas persimmons and an understory of briars, grasses, and weeds.
It also has been found in pine—oak forest and in scrub and cacti. In Kleberg County, Texas, C. Thorny brush and cactus are the predominant vegetation in the region of southern Texas where this species occurs. It is omnivorousfeeding primarily on insects and vegetation, though it will take small mammals and reptiles when available. While sometimes considered a pest by crop farmers due to their rooting habits, this is largely misplaced, as it generally prefers insects to agricultural plants.
Like all skunk species, it possesses powerful anal glands used to deter would-be attackers. Three subspecies are currently recognized,  although one may be extinct:. Although not threatened through most of its rangeone subspeciesthe big thicket hog-nosed skunk C. Globally, this species is of low concern for conservation efforts, but at the local level, it is considered threatened in some states. In Coloradofor instance, it was ranked as “critically imperiled because of extreme rarity five or fewer records of occurrence in the state or less than 1, individuals ” as of [update].
In New Mexico and Oklahomait was ranked as “Imperiled because of rarity six to 20 occurrences or less than 3, individuals “, also as of [update].
The situation is far different in Texas and Arizonathough; the populations are high enough for the species to be legally harvested throughout the year and is designated as a “fur bearer” by the United States Forest Service. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
American hog-nosed skunk Conservation status.
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International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 27 January Ruggles, and Gary P. American Hog-nosed Skunk Conepatus leuconotus: A Technical Conservation Assessment. Archived at the Wayback Machine. Extant species of family Mephitidae. Western hog-nosed skunk Conepatus mesoleucus Eastern hog-nosed skunk Conepatus leuconotus Striped hog-nosed skunk Conepatus semistriatus Molina’s hog-nosed skunk Conepatus chinga Humboldt’s hog-nosed skunk Conepatus humboldtii.
Javan stink badger Mydaus javanensis Palawan stink badger Mydaus marchei. Striped skunk Mephitis mephitis Hooded skunk Mephitis macroura. Western spotted skunk Spilogale gracilis Eastern spotted skunk Spilogale putorius Pygmy spotted skunk Spilogale pygmaea. African palm civet N. Angolan slender mongoose G. Ethiopian dwarf mongoose H.
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Owston’s palm civet C. Hose’s palm civet D. Banded palm civet H. Central African oyan P.
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American hog-nosed skunk (Conepatus leuconotus)
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Small family listed below. Chrotogale Owston’s palm civet C. Prionodon Banded linsang P. Civettictis African civet C. Galidia Ring-tailed mongoose G. Conepatus Hog-nosed skunks Molina’s hog-nosed skunk C. Bassaricyon Olingos Eastern lowland olingo B.