How to Get Rid of Skunk Smell

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Reactions Science Videos | April 22, 2019

Skunks are nocturnal animals that prefer to keep to themselves. However, when they sense danger, this lurking purveyor of biochemical warfare unleashes its primary defense mechanism: a nasty-smelling spray. Similar to tear gas, the scent is so strong it can cause your eyes to start dripping and make you throw up. This week on Reactions, get ready for some stinking chemistry as we take a closer look at the compounds that give skunk spray its horrendous odor.


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The History of Skunk Defensive Secretion Research

Volatile Components in Defensive Spray of the Hooded Skunk, Mephitis macroura

New components in defensive secretion of the striped skunk,Mephitis mephitis

Volatile components in defensive spray of the spotted skunk,Spilogale putorius

Biology and Control of Skunks

Why Skunks Smell So Bad

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