Hog-nosed skunks differ from other common North American species in several ways. For one, they are significantly larger, growing about three feet in length, and have comparably short tails. Additionally, while other skunks keep diverse diets, hog-nosed skunks primarily feed on insects.
Omnivores and opportunistic feeders, hooded skunks primarily eat insects, such as earwigs, stink bugs, and beetles, but also make meals of birds, eggs, small mammals, amphibians, carrion, and garbage. Identifying Features. Smaller and leaner than other species, hooded skunks typically only weigh five pounds.
Spotted skunks can live 10 years in captivity, but in the wild, about half the skunks die after 1 or 2 years. Conservation. The eastern spotted skunk, S. putorius, is not very much of a conservation concern. Management is hampered by an overall lack of information from surveying.
The striped skunk (Mephitis mephitis) is a skunk of the genus Mephitis that is native to southern Canada, the United States and northern Mexico. It is currently listed as least concern by the IUCN on account of its wide range and ability to adapt to human-modified environments.