Humboldt's hog-nosed skunk

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colspan=2 style="text-align: center; background-color: Template:Taxobox/Error colour" | Humboldt's hog-nosed skunk
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Conservation status
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Mephitidae
Genus: Conepatus
Species: C. humboldtii
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Conepatus humboldtii
Gray, 1837
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Humboldt's hog-nosed skunk range

Humboldt's hog-nosed skunk, also known as the Patagonian hog-nosed skunk (Conepatus humboldtii) is a type of hog-nosed skunk indigenous to the open grassy areas in the Patagonian regions of Argentina and Chile.

Appearance[edit]

This skunk is small and stocky, with a bare nose used for rooting up insects and plants. Its fur is brownish-red with two symmetrical stripes on either side, extending to the tail. It ranges from 30-34 cm in body length, with a 17- to 21-cm tail. They usually weigh 1.5 to 3.0 kg.

Food[edit]

Patagonian hog-nosed skunks are primarily insectivorous, but also eat vertebrate prey, such as rodents and carrion during winters, when insects are less abundant.[2]

References[edit]

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