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1 December 2016 Food Provisioning of Kits by a Female Eastern Spotted Skunk
Tyler R. Sprayberry, Andrew J. Edelman
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Spilogale putorius (Eastern Spotted Skunk) is an elusive species, and little is known about their natural history in the southeastern US. We used a game camera to observe a female Eastern Spotted Skunk in the southern Appalachians of Alabama carrying 6 different prey items to her den from February to August 2015. Half of the observations occurred while she had 2 dependent kits, suggesting she was provisioning them with food. Identified food items included 3 snakes, a small mammal, a fungal sporocarp, and an anuran.

Tyler R. Sprayberry and Andrew J. Edelman "Food Provisioning of Kits by a Female Eastern Spotted Skunk," Southeastern Naturalist 15(4), (1 December 2016). https://doi.org/10.1656/058.015.0417
Published: 1 December 2016
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