• Lower Cliff Dwelling


    National Monument Arizona

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  • Visitor Center is closed

    The Visitor Center and bookstore will be closed for several weeks for construction. A temporary Visitor Center will be set up in the parking lot. The trail to the Lower Cliff Dwelling will be open during this period. No entrance fees will be collected.

Spotted Skunk

spotted skunk

Spotted Skunk

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Spotted Skunk
Spilogale gracilis

Body length: 9 - 13 1/2"; weight 1 – 1 1/2 lbs.
Diet: Rodents, birds, eggs, insects, and carrion

Spotted skunks are no larger than squirrels, and can easily be distinguished from other skunks by their more varied pattern. Curious and playful, spotted skunks are known for their bold behavior, including pulling on the hair of people who are sleeping out-of-doors. When alarmed, they stand up on their front legs repeatedly, holding a pose for up to five seconds.

Spotted skunks are only rarely seen at Tonto National Monument. They may make only brief visits to the Monument while wandering through to other areas, or they may live here in very small numbers. Like other skunk species, they are habitat generalists, but are almost strictly nocturnal.

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Tonto National Monument is home to at least 160 species of birds, 6 species of amphibians, 32 species of reptiles, 26 species of land mammals, and at least 14 species of bats. More...