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Foul smell, efficient defense.
The striped skunk can project its foul-smelling musk up to six meters in distance and spray up to six consecutive times.
The white lines on its back serve as a warning for its predators. White is a color that is easily distinguishable at night, warning other animals that if the skunk is disturbed, it can spray. This is a most efficient message to predators who have been previously sprayed by a skunk.
Its excellent sense of smell and its long claws allow it to find food such as June bug larvae, commonly called white worms.