Molina's hog-nosed skunk
|Molina's hog-nosed skunk|
|Molina's hog-nosed skunk range|
The Molina’s Hog-Nosed Skunk, Conepatus chinga, is similar to the common skunk with scent glands used to spray an odorous liquid to offend potential predators. However, they also have a resistance to pit viper venom to defend themselves in the environment that they live. They also have distinct thin white markings and a distinct pink, hog-like, fleshy nose.
The Molina’s Hog-Nosed Skunk’s native range is throughout mid to southern South America, Chile, Peru, northern Argentina,Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, and southern Brazil . The mammal is therefore associated with temperate regions and open areas, mainly described as the Pampas biome  and preferring to live in open vegetation, shrub forest and rocky sloped areas .
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- [Kasper, C. B, et al. “Differential patterns of home-range, net displacement and resting sites use of Conepatus chinga in southern Brazil. Mammalian Biology 77 (2012): 358-362. Academic Search Complete. Web. 14 October. 2013.]
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