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Skunk in my backyard

I was wondering if any of your vertebrate zoologists could comment on this skunk. I caught it on my motion camera in my backyard. It appears to have a large growth on its head, visible in both views. Also, is this a nursing female?

Rebecca, Goleta - July 30, 2021

Curator Response

Hi Rebecca,

Thank you for sharing these photos. Yes, this skunk appears to be a nursing female.

From these photos, the thing on its head might be a Coast Live Oak leaf. It looks like the right size and shape, and with their little pointy bits they easily stick on an animal’s fur for a time. 

Stay curious,

Curator of Vertebrate Zoology Krista Fahy, Ph.D.