Name - Mephitis mephitis
Distributed across the Americas, the 10 or so species of Skunk are also related to “Stink Badgers” found in Indonesia and the Philippines. The Striped Skunk, one of the most familiar animals in North America, is best known for its ability to spray a liquid with a pungent, foul-smelling odor when threatened, and its Scientific Name Mephitis mephitis comes from the latin for “noxious exhalation.” It is an omnivorous creature, eating berries and fruit, roots and leaves, insects, grubs and worms, lizards and snakes, eggs and small mammals, and many suburb dwellers have experienced skunks getting into their houses or garages to devour the pet food. They are one of the main predators of the honeybee, and rely on their thick fur to protect them from stings as they eat. Skunks are sometimes kept in captivity, and thrive well in urbanized suburbs or agricultural lands. The Skunk Skull is distinctive amongst carnivores in that it has only one big square-shaped molar on each side of the upper jaw and two on each side of the lower jaw, but its teeth show an interesting variety of shapes, reflecting its varied diet. Skunks are still considered nuisance animals in some locations, and are trapped and hunted for their fur.
These are handsome skulls, obtained as by-products from a small family business in the fur trade. Not as carefully prepared as our first-quality skulls, they may show small defects such as missing, worn or chipped teeth, or slightly discolored bone, but these are among our most popular items. Perfect for study, they make interesting rustic decor, objects for still-life imagery, or additions to your skull collection!
These skulls come with the jaws held in place using hot glue, which helps keep them complete and is usually easily reversible using hot water.
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Scientific Name: Mephitis mephitis
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