Hog-nosed skunks differ from other common North American species in several ways. For one, they are significantly larger, growing about three feet in length, and have comparably short tails. Additionally, while other skunks keep diverse diets, hog-nosed skunks primarily feed on insects. As such, they are considered beneficial to farmers. They also share similarities with other skunk species. For example, hog-nosed skunks produce a substance with their anal glands used to spray threatening individuals with a foul-smelling odor.
Unlike most other species, hog-nosed skunks have white tails. While the underside of their body is black, most of their back is covered in a single, thick white stripe. Additionally, they don't have white markings on their faces like most other species. Their most prominent feature is their nose, which is wide, protruding, and absent of fur.
Found primarily in the southeastern portions of Texas and in Mexico, hog-nosed skunks thrive in forests, thorny brush, open grasslands, and coastal plains. They den in hollow logs, rocky crevices, or in burrows made by other animals and are frequently drawn to agricultural areas.
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