One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An American skunk with a bare elongated snout and a black face, found in rugged terrain.
Genus Conepatus, family Mustelidae: several species
- ‘Striped, hooded, and hog-nosed skunks are approximately the same size, approaching the size of a small house cat.’
- ‘The hooded and hog-nosed skunks are rarer and found mostly in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.’
- ‘A fairly large skunk, the hog-nosed skunk is dark brown to black with a single broad stripe running from the top of its head to the base of its tail.’
- ‘The hog-nosed skunk uses its long snout to turn up leaf litter as it searches for worms, grubs, and insects.’
- ‘There are reports that hog-nosed skunks in the Andes are immune to the venom of pit vipers.’
- ‘The hog-nosed skunk is found in small numbers in the pinon-juniper woodlands of southeastern Colorado.’
- ‘Even the hog-nosed skunk, which digs for most of its food, will eat fruits and carrion on occasion.’
- ‘The hog-nosed skunk is named for its fleshy, pig-like snout, which it uses to root for insects and grubs.’
- ‘The defensive secretion of the hog-nosed skunk differs from that of the spotted skunk and the striped skunk.’
- ‘The hog-nosed skunk is found in southern Colorado, central and southern New Mexico, the southern half of Texas, and northern Mexico.’
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