skunk with white tail?

christie_sw_mo(Z6)September 28, 2004

I saw a pretty (if skunks can be pretty) skunk that was unusual. It was at the side of the road and had been hit. It had a completely white bushy tail and was all white down its back. I thought it was albino at first because of the way it was positioned, I couldn't see any black at first. I held my breath and stopped to get a good look. It looked a lot like the pictures of the hooded or hog nose skunk in the link below but it also had a few small white spots down low on its sides. It didn't look anything like the pictures of spotted skunks I've seen. Can they cross? Does anyone know if we have hooded or hog nosed skunks in Missouri? Could a striped skunk have spots and a white tail?

Here is a link that might be useful: 4 types of skunks

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
gldno1

Christie, We are supposed to just have two types in Missouri and the amount of white can vary. I am attaching the Mo. Dept of Cons. website about our native skunks if you are interested.

Here is a link that might be useful: Mo. Skunks

    Bookmark   September 28, 2004 at 6:37PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
chancygardener(6-NW AR)

I just saw that white tailed one like Christy saw. It was alive and on my back deck. From the pix, I think it was a Hooded Skunk, because it did have the white stripe down its nose. Armadillos didn't used to live here either, but they do now, so maybe this Hooded Skunk is migrating Northward also. I'm just relieved that the cats didn't pick a fight with it!

    Bookmark   October 3, 2004 at 10:02PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
christie_sw_mo(Z6)

If it didn't smell so bad, I would've thought it was a released pet. lol Maybe you're right about them migrating northward. I didn't look for a stripe on its nose so I don't know if it had one. I remember seeing another earlier in the summer (roadkill) that I thought had more white than usual but I didn't get a good look at it.

    Bookmark   October 4, 2004 at 2:52PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
blackeyedsusanmo(z6 mo)

I have one of these that comes to my birdfeeders in the morning. I have been searching to find out what it is since I have never seen one like it before. It has a large fluffy white tail and is actually more white than black. It is a long-haired skunk. Yes they do exist in SWMO.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2010 at 9:03AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
christie_sw_mo(Z6)

Susan - If you can get a photo of it, I'd like to see it. They're pretty when they have a lot of white. Almost would make a good pet.
My mother was seeing one at her house (also in southwest Missouri) this spring but couldn't get a picture of it.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2010 at 8:31PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Joplin Globe column for Sunday Feb 8
I keep forgetting to post my column on here. Hope you...
mosswitch
A Sample of My Country-Style Gardening
This combo is all self-seeding annuals: Salvia farinacea;...
gldno1
New plantings
As you may (or may not) be aware, I moved to Springdale...
dbarron
Fall Color l0 Days Ago (White now!)
Miscanthus by cellar: One of my very few remaining...
gldno1
Hello Everyone!
Well, I've been away for 8 years but am finally back...
fourseasons_2
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™