Sunday, November 25, 2007
Skunks are legendary for their powerful predator-deterrent—a hard-to-remove, horrible-smelling spray. A skunk's spray is an oily liquid produced by glands under its large tail. To employ this scent bomb, a skunk turns around and blasts its foe with a foul mist that can travel as far as ten feet (three meters).There are many different kinds of skunks. They vary in size (most are housecat-sized) and appear in a variety of striped, spotted, and swirled patterns—but all are a vivid black and white that makes them easily identifiable and may alert predators to their pungent potential.Skunks usually nest in burrows constructed by other animals, but they also live in hollow logs or even abandoned buildings.