Top Ten Animals with the Strangest Self-Defense MethodsIn the wild world, it's kill or be killed. Organisms need to be strong and clever in order to survive the harsh and cruel nature. Luckily, nature has given each organism with special self-defense methods to help them survive, and some of those self-defense methods are just utterly strange...
The Top Ten
Malaysian exploding ant (Camponotus saundersi) is a species of ant found in Malaysia and Brunei
No kidding, this ant literally self-destructs when battle with the predator becomes too serious. It will violently contract its abdominal muscles, which bursts the mandibular glands, making it explode and spray corrosive venom to the predator
Smart, the predator will definitely think the ant is dead. Ants can feel pain, but how will they heal after exploding?
I don't get the use of that. How is that self defense when it kills itself? It could just as well let itself be eaten...
So it is a suicide bomber. I think we found the ant terrorists.
Iberian ribbed newt (Pleurodeles waltl) is a species of newt endemic to central and southern Iberian Peninsula and Morocco
First, it will push its ribs out of its body. Second, it covers its currently-exposed ribs with poison that can kill the predator. Hmm...a little too complicated, gruesome, and painful for a self-defense method...
Texas horned lizard (Phrynosoma cornutum) is a species of horned lizard, lizards with spikes body from North America
When threatened, it will squirt blood out of its blood vessels in its eyes. It's the same thing as laser-eyes you see in sci-fi movies, except with blood as the laser. The blood it squirts our of its eyes tastes foul to canids and felids, so they won't eat this lizard (but unfortunately, has no effect on aves)
This should really be No. 1.
Sea cucumber is an echinoderm with elongated body containing a single branched gonad
It has 2 self-defense methods: The first one is pretty normal, but the second one is pretty gruesome. The first method, it will spray toxic and stinging white strings. Sounds normal, right? The second method, however, is very different. If the first method doesn't work, it will go to its Plan B: poop out some organs so the predator thinks it's dead...
Hairy frog (Trichobatrachus robustus) is a species of frog found in Central Africa
First, the newt who breaks its ribs. Second, the sea cucumber who poops out its own organs to play dead. Now, we have the frog who breaks its own bones to make "claws" (no wonder it's also called the Wolverine frog). Gee, the animal world can get very gruesome...
Colorado potato beetle (Leptinotarsa decemlineata) is a pest to potato plants
The larva has quite a disgusting self-defense method. It covers itself with its own poisonous and very-horrible-smelling feces to keep predators away
Northern fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis) is a species of sea bird found in subarctic regions of North Atlantic and North Pacific oceans
Yet another animal with a disgusting self-defense method. The chick will vomit to the predator. Its vomit has the very unpleasant scent of rotten fish, which will instantly shoo away the predator
Being a sperm whale I thought the ink would be white
Pygmy sperm whale (Kogia breviceps) is a small species of toothed whale
It (along with dwarf sperm whale) has an ability to eject some kind of dark reddish-brown "ink" to confused predators, like squids and octopi
Boxer crab (Lybia, not to be confused with the country Libya) is a genus of small crabs
It may seem like the name doesn't suit it well because this crab looks rather like a cheerleader than a boxer, but that name actually suits it very well. Yes, this adorable little guy is a strong boxer and its punches can kill certain animals. It's just that...its "boxing gloves" look too much like a pair of cheerleader's pompoms...
This crab kind of reminds me of Crabrawler from Pokemon Sun and Moon even though it's based off the coconut crab according to Bulbapedia.
Slow loris (Nycticebus) is a genus of nocturnal strepsirrhine primates
Name says it all, it moves veerryy slowly, which makes it hard to escape predators. Luckily, it has a deadly weapon that can be used to fight the predator, and that is a pair of poisonous glands in its...armpits. Yeah, armpits, that's a rather strange place to keep a deadly weapon...
They're bae, so cute