Skunks are mammals best known for their ability to secrete a liquid with a strong, foul odor. General appearance varies from species to species, from black-and-white to brown or cream colored.
There are twelve species of skunks, which are divided into four genera:
- Mephitis - hooded and striped skunks, two species
- Spilogale - spotted skunks, four species
- Mydaus - stink badgers, two species
- Conepatus - hog-nosed skunks, four species
The two skunk species in the Mydaus genus inhabit Indonesia and the Philippines; all other skunks inhabit the Americas from Canada to central South America.