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The Chemistry of Skunk Spray

October 10, 2016

How do you get rid of skunk odor? Don't use tomato juice... Use chemistry! Subscribe! ‖ Twitter! ‖ Tumblr! ↓Want more info?↓ Recipe for De-Skunking Spray: Chemicals in Striped Skunk Spray: -- Host, Producer, Editor Anna Rothschild Researcher, Writer Eliza Lehner Camera, Sound Gil Kaplan Many thanks to Drs. William F. Wood and Stanley D. Gehrt Comme Un Pigeon Music Provided by APM FOOTAGE AND IMAGES Footage of Skunk Spraying Courtesy WNET NATURE “Is That Skunk?” Stinktier, Skunks, Mephitis mephitis, Striped Skunks, Minnesota, USA, cub Shutterstock/Bildagentur Zoonar GmbH Blue Merle Australian Shepherd puppy, 10 weeks old, looking at Striped Skunk, Mephitis Mephitis, 5 years old, sitting in front of white background Shutterstock/Eric Isselee Pepe Le Pew Gif Giphy/Warner Brothers Baby skunk Wikimedia Commons/AnimalPhotos Juvenile Spotted Skunk Flickr/vladeb American hog-nosed skunk (Conepatus leauconotus) Flickr/Saguaro National Park Striped Skunk Flickr/Land Between the Lakes … Striped Skunk (cropped) Wikimedia Commons/ Striped Skunk Wikimedia Commons/ Washing a dog in a bath tub Wikimedia Commons/Andrew Vargas Mephitis Flickr/Jon Nelson Spotted Skunk and Cocomistle Flickr/Ryan Somma Tomato juice 316744 Wikimedia Commons/PublicDomainPictures-14 Skunk being cuddled Wikimedia Commons/Gary J. Wood PET SKUNK Wikimedia Commons/Paul M. Walsh Lapskunk Wikimedia Commons/octobop Baby Striped Skunk Flickr/Land Between the Lakes … SFX Cockroaches Freesound/StateAardvark­ (used with permission from author) Squeak Pack/squeak_10 Freesound/Corsica_S Wink Freesound/Wink Swishes Freesound/Pogotron Pencil Freesound/faston Sniff Freesound/jrssandoval Bad Beep Incorrect Freesound/richerlandtv Poof of Smoke Freesound/planman Produced by WGBH for PBS Digital Studios