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Skunk Hair

The offensive spray of skunks is an oily, yellowish liquid that is produced by the scent glands and ejected from openings under the tail, creating a fine mist. This mist, however, is emitted with great force and may reach targets as many as 12 feet away. In addition to producing a foul odor, skunk spray may cause watery eyes and coughing fits. With such a powerful defense system in their possession, skunks are rather fearless creatures that frequently walk about in open spaces. They are readily tamed, however, and are sometimes utilized as pets, though typically only after their scent glands have been removed.


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