Civet cat-description of-please describe the difference between the civet cat and a skunk, and any difference regarding odor, etc.
The civet cat is a carnivorous animal, resident of Africa and Asia, about 30 inches long, having glands that exude a strong odorous fluid. When Europeans came to America, they found the skunk, and knowing the civet cat, they called skunks civet cats. The Abneki Indians called the animal seganku and this was corrupted in the fur trade two skunk, which name crowded out that turn civet cat and except that one small species of skunk, held the name civet cat. This is the small spotted or stripes skunk. Has very narrow stripes on the back, with dogs or spots near the root of the tail on the back, and similar spots on the face. The other species of skunk have broad masses of a white on their backs, accept certain black individuals. The coloring of skunk’s is so varied, however, that it takes an expert to pick the species with certainty, where the resemblance is close, as between some of the mephiticas and the other types. However, one familiar with them has little difficulty in distinguishing specimens, and you will find their peculiarity is marked if you compare two ordinary specimens.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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