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There are two species of skunks in Kansas. The striped skunk is about the size of a large house cat, generally black in color with two white stripes running from the base of the skull to the large bushy tail. Solid black indivduals are known to occur, but only rarely. The spotted skunk is a smaller mammal about the size of a half-grown house cat. The spotted skunk is a more active, agile animal and a good tree climber.