Patagonian Skunk Facts   

  • Name:
    Chingue de la Patagonia / Patagonia hog-nosed Skunk
  • Scientific Name:
    Conepatus humboldtii
  • Family:
    Mustelidae
  • Order:
    carnivorous
  • Size:
    It measures between 60 and 75 cm, with a tail of about 15 to 18 cm. (21,7 to 26 in including tail , 6,5 to 7,8 in)
  • Weight:
    1 to 4 kilos (2 to 9 lb.)
 
Patagonian Skunk

Reproduction:

Mates in spring and after a 9 week gestation period has 3-7 pups.

Distribution:

They live in the Chilean Patagonia and Argentina. In Chile it can be found in the region of Aysen and Magallanes down to the Magellan Strait.

Features:

Its colour can be black, dark brown or light brown. The distribution and quantity of white hair is variable. There are specimens with a completely white tail.

Habitat:

Steppe and Shrub areas.

Food Habits:

They are omnivorous, eating insects, worms, rodents, fruits and plant roots .This animal is an excellent digger; it makes its own den and digs the ground in search of food. It defends form its enemies by launching a foul liquid, that is highly irritating to skin, from their anal glands.

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