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Conepatus mesoleucus

Conepatus mesoleucus
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Copyright: Angelina Deans (angybone) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1047 W: 14 N: 2372] (7684)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-09
Categories: Mammals
Camera: OLYMPUS E-500, Olympus Zuiko 40-150 f3.5-5.6
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-09 12:38
Viewed: 6270
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Hog-nosed skunk or Rooter Skunk as we call them, gets is names from it's very long nose which it uses to root.

I was probably lucky to have gotten this shot without having gotten A SHOT. ha ha I was pretty close to this little feller (or gal...not sure). He wouldn't cooperate though and stay in one place for me to get a good photo though. This is the best of the set. He kept moving. ha ha Once again, my f-stop is wrong but I didn't even change settings..I just started shooting. Guess I was excited...and worried.

Several websites I visited mentioned that even rattlesnakes find the scent of the skunk objectionable and supposedly these smelly little buddies are known to feed on snakes.

From Wiki:The individual hog-nosed skunk species vary in size, but among them is included the largest of all skunks. All are characterized by comparatively short hair, especially on the tail, and this appendage lacks the plumelike appearance observed in other skunks. The nose is prolonged into a distinct "snout", naked on the top and sides and evidently used for rooting in the earth after the manner of a pig. In addition, the front feet are armed with long, heavy claws, and the front legs and shoulders are provided with a strong muscular development for digging, as in a badger. This likeness has led to the use in some places of the appropriate name "badger skunk" for these animals. The single white stripe along the back, and including the tail, is a common pattern with these skunks, but this marking is considerably varied, as in the common species.

The hair on these skunks is coarse and harsh, lacking the qualities which render the coats of their northern relatives so valuable.

nglen, Jamesp, eqshannon, CeltickRanger, ubc64, Alex99, tuslaw, eng55, uleko, oscarromulus, lovenature, jmirah has marked this note useful
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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-11-09 12:57]

Hi Angelina. I have never seen this animal before so thanks for posting it. A strange looking thing . with a long coat. The white hair is a little bight , but still worth posting. Good notes too.
Well done TFS.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-11-09 13:18]

Hi Angelina

I wasn't aware of this species, so thanks. You display the main features very well - as Nick says, the highlights are a bit blown. but otherwise very good.


You explain your image 'problem' well Angy! I don't think I would have even gone near it in daytime...up here skunks int he day is a bad sign but if this one likes Rattlers then daytime is best I guess....

hello Angelina

looking at the difficulty you had for thi shot
(being afraid to be showered from him) it is a excellent shot,
i did one shot of a skunl an tried another time
it is something you have to be fast, and i think this image Angelina
it is a first timer shot to TN the Rooter Skunk, excellent nature shot,



Hello Angy

The shot is probably a first for TN .Skunks are rare and hog-nosed I think this might be the first.
An interesting capture and I had to chuckle when I read your notes.The skunk will stamp it's little feet before letting go,so if they do that,run.
Well seen with very good detail.
I have had some interesting encounters with skunks in the old days when we had many barn cats.The skunks would feed from the cats trays and I have been known to walk in on them in the dark,but the light switch was near the cat trays.I recall the scraping noise of what I thought was a cat licking the food from the tray and when I flicked the switch making eye contact with a skunk.Both alarmed I headed quickly in tuther direction.
This happened several times.I luckily will report that I never was sprayed.
This post brought back some funny memories.


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  • ubc64 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 21 N: 208] (789)
  • [2008-11-09 19:09]

Hi Angy,

I don't wonder that you were a bit worried when you took that shot! I think I would need a 500mm zoom to go after that guy. Under the circumstances, it's great that you were able to come away with any shot that was worthwhile. Nice work, getting such a good shot, without, as you said, getting one yourself. If your camera can use a high ISO satisfactorily, and you would have had time, it probably would have been good to have cranked it up a bit. A faster shutter speed and greater DOF would have added a great deal to the shot. But then, if you had stopped to make changes, maybe you wouldn't have gotten a shot at all. TFS.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-11-09 20:45]

Hi Angelina.
So attractive shot of natural scene. Shot is OE a little bit but it reflects a very cute animal at expressive pose. I also like your funny note. Many thanks and best regards.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-11-10 1:49]

I can't remember when I last saw a skunk on TN Angy, so thank you.
It is very interesting to see, thank you. I can imagine you not wanting to corner him in and get in a fight with him.
Thank you for sharing

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-11-10 4:10]

Hello Angelia, I have never seen this animal before and thanks for sharing. Ganesh

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-11-10 4:56]

Hello Angelina.
You are braver then most of the women I know!! Great capture of such an interesting subject. It looks like he had his loaded end pointing directly at you.
I saw a skunk the other day but didn't have a camera, it was at dusk when the lighting is extremely low. Thanks for posting an animal seldom seen on TN.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-11-15 6:42]

Hi Angelina,
Very nice capture.I'd never seen this guy before.
Thanks for posting.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-12-07 6:54]

Hello Angelina,
Wow, I understand your excitement when you bumped into this animal! I think you were really clever getting a shot at all! He's turned his back to you but I like the face in profile. Great bushy tail he's got too. Well done!!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

"DEAR" Angelina,
Trying to catch up.....sleep.... I mean; far tooooo old to travel.
I rarely see this species in Alberta; however, Ontario has an abundance of them.
Warm regards from us both,
Bernardete & Mario.

Hello Angelina
Your notes prove Skunks are beneficial to the environment in more ways than one. The image is a little out of focus but still shows him very well. I've never seen nor heard of this species of Skunk before, thanks for sharing this scruffy yet cute little guy : )

Hi Ange
Nice capture of an unusual critter...TFS

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