Why do skunks stink?

Mess with a skunk and you’ll be sorry! Glands in their butts are loaded with an oily, sticky, stinky musk they can squirt up to ten feet (3 m) away. The spray reeks of sulfurous chemicals called thiols that can potentially knock out, burn, and even kill animals that take a direct hit. Skunks, which are nocturnal (active at night), developed this chemical weapon to deter predators that hunt using smell in the darkness. Most of the time, skunks don’t even need to use their butt blasters. An angry display is often all it takes to frighten away predators, which have learned to associate the skunk’s white stripe with an awful stink.


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