The much-maligned striped skunk, found only in North America, lives on a diet of insects, small mammals, snails, and fruits. The skull of this nocturnal scavenger shows the typical dentition of an omnivore. Like humans, skunks have front teeth adapted for seizing and tearing, while molars in back specialize in grinding and chewing.
Reprinted from Skulls, by permission of Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers. Copyright © 2012