A skunk is able to spray a distance of 10 feet with accuracy. Remarkably, the animal also has the ability to control how much of the mist is sprayed.
The liquid comes from the anal glands underneath the animal's tail and is deployed when it feels threatened or attacked. Prior to its release, skunks often stomp their front feet on the ground as a warning. While it takes time for the animal to produce the mist, they typically carry enough of it for about eight sprays. Though not harmful, the pungent scent lasts for many days, making most predators reluctant to attack skunks unless food is scarce.