Skunks

The size of a cat or smaller with long fur and bushy tails, skunks are easily identified by their distinctive black and white coloration. These near-sighted omnivores have a hearty appetite for grubs and insect pests, and have also been known to consume mice and small rats. They are members of the Mustelid family, which also includes weasels, martens, and badgers. Skunks are found throughout North America, with only one species found in Asia.

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What do skunks smell like?

The Smell of SkunksThe smell of skunks has been compared to burnt rubber.

I describe the skunk smell as a VERY bitter smell. It was not what I had expected when my dog came to me, sprayed. It is NOT gross like a rotten egg, or something that smells more sour like. It is better, and indeed you will never forget the smell of a skunk. It also stays quite long, is very strong, and indeed a very unique smell which I think you will not find on anything else.

Here is more input:

  • When they spray: putrid. The worst lingering smell you will ever experience.
  • Skunks don't really smell like anything else. They are pretty unique in that sense.
  • Interesting animals, skunks are. They're really quite mild mannered, and if you don't startle them or make them angry, they're happy to leave you alone. All they want from humans is the scraps of food that we carelessly leave laying around. They normally eat just about anything from frogs to bird eggs to whatever they can find in your garbage can. However, nature has given them a very effective means of self defense in the spray that they direct at an enemy. The spray is a chemical concoction manufactured by special glands in the skunks body. One of the ingredients is actually sulfuric acid, a very strong acid used for making car batteries and other industrial uses. To describe the smell of skunk spray is tough, as there's nothing in our daily lives that resembles it. It can, in very very small amounts, smell something like burned rubber. But, in larger quantities it is just indescribable. Once you smell it, you'll never forget it. It's very strong, and makes your eyes water and breathing difficult. It's very, very unpleasant to be sprayed by a skunk, which two of my dogs will swear to. Hopefully, you'll get a chance to find the answer for your question from a distance. And, remember, skunks are known to be carriers of rabies. If you're ever bitten by one, see a doctor immediately. Otherwise, they're really gentle critters who mind their own business. The only time I take action is if they decide to set up housekeeping under my porch. In that case, spreading mothballs around under the porch seems to chase them away. Mothballs smell to skunks like they smell to us.

Also in short here are 3 things they smell like is garlic, rotten eggs, burnt rubber.

Try taking a whiff of all three, a fun experiment to do at home.

Addition:

A skunk died under my apartment, and without knowing what the scent was I described it as an onion microwaved inside of a rubber glove for 20 minutes on high. That is exactly what it smelled like.

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What lesson did the skunk teach Brian-the hatchet?

That they are neither cute nor funny

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Why is roger skunk sad and miserable?

Roger shunk was sad because he smelled bad and all other animals used to run away from him no one wished to stay near him

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What do skunks in general look like?

black with a white stripe down the back

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Why didn't the mechanical skunk have a bad smell?

Answer:

He was out of odor!

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How skunk protect themselves?

Skunks do not try and outrun their attackers; instead, they rely on their rancid spray for protection. When a skunk feels threatened, it showers its enemy with musk, a yellow, oily liquid. This awful-smelling spray is released from its two anal scent glands, located under the tail.

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Whats is a good way to describe a broken skunk?

Out of Odor

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What happened to the skunk who couldn't swim?

He Stank to the Bottom

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Is it legal to have pet skunks in Georgia?

Is it legai to have a pet skunk in the state of Georgia?

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Vodka

How can you remove the smell of tcp from your skin?

With a odor neutralizing soap or cleaner like vinegar or Castell clean the surface. Also lemon juice may prove quite.

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What happens if skunks go extinct?

Then whatever animals eat skunks would become endangered if they have nothing else to eat.

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Is a skunk a decomposer consumer or producer?

yes

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Herbivores
Omnivores

Is a skunk a herbivore or omnivore?

omnivore

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How do you descent a skunk?

This is done by surgery, the vet removes the scent gland.

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What produces the skunk's odor?

A skunk's smell naturally isn't produced by anything, as a skunk doesn't smell of anything whatsoever, however, anything it does attack will end up with the smell that is largely disgraced.

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What do you say to a sick skunk?

Getsmellseen

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Can skunks breed with cats?

No. Skunks and domestic cats belong to the same Kingdom, Phylum, Class, and Order, but the skunk belongs to the Family Mephitidae and the domestic cat belongs to the Family Felidae. With some exceptions, most animals need to be in the same species group to produce offspring. Some Genus groups, such as Canis, can produce offspring after interbreeding. An example would be a timber wolf and a domestic dog. Being members of the same order would not be genetically possible to produce offspring should breeding occur somehow.

I have never personally witnessed this phenomena, but I have known someone who claims that, around his workplace at night, he has frequently witnessed the mating of cats and skunks. I am not certain whether male skunks with female cats or vice versa, but he claims to have seen this. He has never seen any offspring produced from this mating, however. So I think it is possible for them to mate, but not to reproduce.

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Do bears eat skunk?

Not usually. The smell of the skunk keeps most carnivores away from this animal. The only thing that may eat a skunk is a vulcher and the skunk would need to be dead already.

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Sloths

How many types of teeth do skunks have?

34

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How do you describe a dead skunk?

Extinct

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What is skunk in Malay?

bakugon

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What do you do if a dog gets sprayed by a skunk?

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The Beatles

What Beatles album contains Dead skunk in the middle of the road?

That wasn't the Beatles; that was Louden Wainwright III.

(All over the road... technicolor!)

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Is a skunk consumer?

consumer

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