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Striped Skunk tracks

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Striped skunk
Mephitis mephitis

The front prints of a striped skunk are slightly larger than an American quarter and long front claw marks are often present. Hind foot prints closely resemble small human footprints, with five toes in a 1-3-1 grouping. The smallest toe often does not register. The heel is hairless and noticeable. The interdigital pad is a chevron and the proximal pad will often show.

The walking stride for a striped skunk is approximately 12 inches (30 cm) and may be loped or turned to one side. The skunk has a tendency to often stop while walking and to inspect the area, leaving extra footprints in their track that can make it appear there are several individuals, when in reality it’s just one individual.

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