Eastern Spotted Skunk
A medium-sized, slender mammal with a small head, short legs and a prominent, long-haired tail. The eyes are small and the ears short. The fur is rather long, soft and glossy. The overall color is black with conspicuous white stripes and spots. A white spot occurs on the forehead and in front of each ear. Four white stripes along the neck, back and sides extend from the head to about the middle of the body. Behind these more white stripes and spots occur. The tail is usually all black, sometimes with a white tip. The spotted skunk is also called a civet cat, but this name is misleading and incorrect because this mammal is not closely related to the true civets of the Old World or to cats.