OKEFENOKEE SWAMP, GEORGIA Page 6
|Striped Skunk (Mephitis mephitis)
|Southern Toads (Bufo terrestris) in amplexus
|An upland pine forest in the Okefenokee Swamp
The stripped skunk is on of the more visible mammals in the Okefenokee. Most have two white stripes
running down their back. The fellow in the picture is missing the two white stripes, but has the
characteristic white stripe between its eyes and large white patch on the back of its neck.
Striped skunks are nocturnal, but are often active in the evening and early morning. They are omnivorous,
eating insects, small mammals, carrion, fruit and berries.
This pair of toads were in the driveway to a cottage at the Steven C Foster State Park. Amplexus is the
breeding position used by most frogs and toads, where the male grasps the female behind her front
legs. The female releases eggs into the water and the male releases sperm onto the eggs to fertilize
them. This male was a little overzealous as there was no water here for the female to lay eggs in.
The trill of the male toad calling to attract females was one of the many animal sounds that filled the
air at night in the Okefenokee.