9 Most BIZARRE Ways Animals Protect Themselves!
- Published on: 5/7/2020
- Hi, it’s Katrina! From lizards with death spikes to frogs who freeze solid, here are 9 bizarre ways animals protect themselves.
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9. Blood-Squirting Eyes
The short-horned lizard (Phrynosoma hernandesi), is one of my favorite animals!! Often referred to as a horny toad because of its flattened, round body, it has short, stubby legs, a crown of horns on the head, and spines along the back and sides.
There are several insect species who deliberately explode as an ultimate form of defense against predators. One of them is an ant called Colobopsis saundersi, which lives on Borneo, an island shared between Malaysia, Indonesia, and Brunei. The ant has two oversized mandibular (jaw) glands, which run the entire length of its body.
7. Deadly Projectile Vomiting
The Fulmar family of seabirds consists of two living species of ordinary-looking birds who hatch cute, but ordinary-looking chicks. But as we all know, looks can be deceiving, and as harmless and innocent as Fulmar chicks may seem, it’s a bad idea to get close enough to make one feel threatened.
6. Suffocating Slime
Based on its appearance alone, the tubular, grayish-pink hagfish has no impressive physical traits. But, as you’re about to learn, it’s pretty fascinating in its own right, and there’s a reason it’s nicknamed the “slime eel” and the “snot snake.”
5. The Flying Fish
The flying fish consists of at least 40 fish species who evade their many predators by jumping out of the water and remaining airborne for extended lengths of time. Before “takeoff,” the fish swims toward the water’s surface at an upward angle at speeds of up to 37 miles per hour (59.6 km/h) to gain the necessary velocity for achieving “flight.”
4. Fecal Shields
There are several beetle species who protect themselves from predators as larvae by covering themselves in their own waste, including the potato beetle, the sumac flea beetle, and other members of the leaf beetle family. The scientific term for this armor is “fecal shields,” and the larvae of some species acquire complete coverage in less than 12 hours after birth.
3. Dual Camouflage
The Japetella heathi octopus and the Onychoteuthis banksii squid can change from transparent to opaque red in less than a second, thanks to their ability to activate skin pigments at will. Both shades are advantageous for remaining hidden from certain predators.
2. Built-In Death Spikes
The Spanish ribbed newt is an aquatic salamander that is native to Spain and Portugal (the Iberian Peninsula). It’s not a strong swimmer, so it spends most of its time hiding among underwater vegetation and rocks in habitats with still or slow-moving water, such as ponds, lagoons, marshes, and irrigation ditches.
1. The Frog That Dies And Comes Back To Life
Not all defense mechanisms protect animals from predators. Sometimes, they combat other survival challenges, such as the elements. While many amphibians migrate to warmer regions to avoid cold weather, the North American wood frog would have to travel unrealistically long distances to escape the bitter Canadian and Alaskan winters.
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