Why would a spray defense be a useful mechanism for species in the weasel family that protect themselves by spraying a foul-smelling musk oil when threatened?
To protect themselves from much larger predators
Why would a spray defense be a useful mechanism for species in the weasel family that protect themselves by spraying a foul smelling musk oil when threatened?
As a ferret owner of 10 years i can testify that the scent's during increased adrenalin rushes have definite social meanings eg: excitement,fear,curiousity,anger,affection,panic,pain. But basicaly when you smell something you get an idea of what it tastes like well would want to eat something that smells putrid. Believe me it is absolutely foul and it lingers.
There is no sure way to keep a skunk from spraying, but skunks only spray when they feel threatened. Back away, slowly and steadily, with your head turned to one side and looking down to not make eye contact with the skunk (and also to protect your eyes if this doesn't work - skunk spray can blind you).