Hog-Nosed Skunk

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Hog-Nosed Skunk

 

(Conepatus suffocans), a mammal of the family Mustelidae. Conepatus suffocans has a body measuring approximately 40 cm in length and a very fluffy tail approximately 25 cm in length. It is black or dark brown in color, with a wide white stripe on the back of the head and along the back. It inhabits open areas in most of South America. A nocturnal animal, it feeds largely on beetles and their larvae. Conepatus suffocans bears an annual litter of two to five young. It is commercially valuable for its fur.

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