The American Hog-nosed Skunk
) is a species of hog-nosed skunk from Central and North America, and is the largest skunk in the world, growing to lengths of up to 2.7 feet (82.5Ã‚Â cm), and weighing 2-6Ã‚Â lb (0.9-2.7Ã‚Â kg). Recent work has concluded that the Western Hog-nosed Skunk (formerly Conepatus mesoleucus
) is the same species, and that Conepatus leuconotus
is the correct name of the merged populations.