The Gottlieb Native Garden

a california love story

The Gottlieb Native Garden is a flourishing ecosystem belonging to Susan and Dan Gottlieb, friends of flora and fauna and devoted environmental philanthropists. With more than 100 hand-selected plant species and hundreds of animal species, the backyard is a National Wildlife Federation-certified Backyard Wildlife Habitat and a Xerces Society-designated Pollinator Habitat.

Striped Skunk Fur Coloration

We captured an interesting image of a skunk a few weeks back.  Although Striped Skunk’s coloration can vary, the amount of white in the inferred image looked greatly exaggerated. Compare the photos of skunks below:

Exaggerated white markings

Typical individual

This week, another trail camera got a color shot of said skunk. Lo and behold, it really does have that much white in its coat! 

Exaggerated white markings

Typical individual

In all the years looking at Striped Skunks, never had we seen coloration like this. We did some research and found that Striped Skunk back, side and leg markings can range from pure white to solid black, and every variation in-between. Right when you think you know something about an animal, Nature throws a curveball at you!