The skunk is a North American carnivorous mammal, belonging to the family Mustelidae. The Striped Skunk is found in Canada, the United States and as far south as Honduras. It is about the size of a house cat, seven inches at the shoulder, approximately 18 inches long not including its seven-inch tail. It weighs about 10 pounds. When provoked, the Striped Skunk arches its back, raises its tail, stamps its front feet, and shuffles backward. If the warning is not heeded, the animal ejects a spray of acrid, blinding fluid from its anal glands.
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