Most skunks have the ability to spray up to eight times in defense. The exact number depends on how much the skunk has used in previous shots, as the animal has the ability to control the amount of the oily liquid expended in each spray.
The foul mist comes from anal glands beneath the tail of the animal. As the skunk is threatened, he often stomps his front feet as a warning before turning and spraying the potential predator. Skunks are able to shoot the substance towards victims at a distance of at least 10 feet with extreme accuracy. While the substance is harmless, the scent lingers for days, deterring attacks from most enemies unless food is scarce.