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Animal scent marking (also known as Spraying or territorial marking) is behavior used by animals to identify their territory.[1] Most commonly, this is scent marking, accomplished by depositing strong-smelling chemicals such as urine at prominent locations within the territory. Often the scent contains carrier proteins, such as the major urinary proteins, to stabilize the odors and maintain them for longer.[2]

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The ventromedial nucleus (VMHdm) has a role in the male vocalizations and scent marking behaviors.[3][4][5]

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  2. Hurst JL, Robertson DHL, Tolladay U, Beynon RJ (May 1998). Proteins in urine scent marks of male house mice extend the longevity of olfactory signals. Anim Behav 55 (5): 1289–97.
  3. Yahr and Green, 1992
  4. Flanagan-Cato et al. 2001
  5. Harding and McGinnis, 2005

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