Striped Skunk
Mephitis mephitis
The Striped Skunk in the top 4 images shown here was in a roadside pasture near Lipscomb, Lipscomb Co., Texas, in April, 2009. These shots were taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark III and an EF 500mm F/4 L IS lens.
The Striped Skunk (Mephitis mephitis) is a common and widespread mammal over most of the United States and Canada. Striped Skunks feed on fruits, berries, eggs, rodents, and many other items including carrion. Like other skunks, the Striped Skunks main defensive mechanism is a powerful and noxious odor which they can spray as far as 15 feet from the underside of the base of the tail.