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Striped Skunk

Mephitis mephitis
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Habitat: Streamside woodlands, groves of hardwood trees, semi-open areas, brushy grasslands and valleys.

Description: Black fur with a white stripe running in between the eyes, along the head.  Two stripes run along its back from the neck to the tail, where they become one stripe.  A pair of glands on either side of the anus discharges the smelly liquid skunks are famous for.

Size: 54-79cm long, 1.9-4.2kg.

Diet: Omnivorous, eating insects, bees, grasshoppers, june bugs (in the summer) fruits, berries, small mammals, bird eggs, amphibians, reptiles, grains and green vegetation.

Fun Facts: Skunks can very happily live within cities, eating people's garden's and garbage.

Source: Pattie, D. and C. Fisher. 1999. Mammals of Alberta. Lone Pine Publishing.

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Garita Skipper
Oarisma garita

Habitat: The Garita Skipper prefers grasslands and is very common around the Peace River area.  It can be found in its butterfly stage mainly in June and July.

Description: Garita Skippers are brown with the leading edge of the front wings being orange.  Unlike other Skippers whose wings usually lay flat, the Garita Skippers hold their wings folded above their body or with the front...

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