Musk Glands

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Musk Glands

 

skin glands that release a highly aromatic substance—musk—in the males of some reptiles and mammals. The odor is chiefly used to attract females and to mark the territory occupied by the animal. Particularly well-developed musk glands are found in crocodiles and tuataras near the lower jaw and cloaca. Some snakes also have well-developed musk glands, which are located near the cloaca only. Among mammals, musk glands are found in the inguinal region of the musk deer, beaver, musk-ox, and others. In the desman, these glands are located on the tail.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Weasels use their musk glands to mark their territory but badgers do not have a specific purpose for theirs.
Not since the 16th century have beavers roamed free in the UK, after being hunted to extinction for their pelts, meat and musk glands. Now you can see them at dawn and dusk as they leave their dams, which are known as lodges, and pose for your pictures.