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.
Did You Know?
Tonto National Monument averages 15" of rain annually. Snow is a rare occurrence, but as long as temperatures remain above freezing, the saguaros don't seem to mind!