Skunk Colours and Patterns
While most people are more familiar with the black and white classic Pepe LePew style of skunks, skunks actually come in a wide array of colours and patterns. Most of those colours and patterns are listed below:
When going to a show striped hooded skunks are usually judged in three main pattern varieties, with a 'unique' category for animals not fitting in those main categories. The three main categories are as follows:
This is the standard two stripes down the back, no extra white, skunk pattern. The classic image everyone things of when thinking Skunk.
Like the Classic the Chip has the standard two stripes running down its back. However, it will also have small "chips" of colour on his/her knees.
Swirl skunks have curls that come out of their stripes and swirl forward again towards the back, or chips which form little C's or circles instead of dots.
Star & Falling Star
Star skunks have only the white patch on the top of their head. Falling star skunks have thin lines where their stripes would start that make it look as though the star is "falling."