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11 animals that use odor as a weapon

By: Bryan Nelson on July 30, 2014, 6:20 p.m.
King ratsnake

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King ratsnake

This serpent is also sometimes called the "stink snake" or "stinking goddess" because of the stench it is capable of emitting. Its post-anal glands are often emptied when the snake is disturbed or handled, which produces a strong, pungent odor. Like many animals with odorous weaponry, the snake uses its smell as a defense mechanism.