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The Smelliest Animal On Earth: The Zorrilla

What is black and white and very smelly all over?

Skunk family crossing the road

Photo: Bill Swindaman (flickr)

The North American Skunk is a distant relative of the Zorrilla.

A member of the weasel family, the zorrilla is similar to the North American skunk. However, the zorrilla is smellier.

The zorrilla is considered the smelliest animal because it gives off a fluid from its anal glands when it must defend itself from danger. The nocturnal animal eats small reptiles and rodents while living in rocky areas.

The zorrilla is also know by its Latin name (Iconyx striatus) or Striped Weasel.

Would you want the zorrilla as a pet?

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Margaret Aprison

Margaret is a graduate of Indiana University with a degree in Telecommunications and a minor in Psychology. The daughter of two scientists, Margaret has been surrounded by the subject her entire life. She enjoys social media, writing, television, and, of course, science!

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