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_^-^_ WACKY - Wednesdays _^-^_(Animal Defences)(warning)

Posted by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 10:06 AM
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http://www.kidzworld.com/article/3197-wacky-animal-defences

Wacky Animal Defences

It's the nature of animals to be a little wild, but these extreme creatures take wild behavior to a whole new level. Check out some of the craziest ways animals defend themselves.

Skunk (North America, Europe)

Spotted skunks breakdance to scare away bad guys.
Everybody knows skunks use their gross smell to scare away enemies but not too many peeps know how they do it. A skunk has two glands just behind its tail that make the foul-smelling spray. The smelly stuff is shot out of two nozzles inside the anus. It can aim the spray by twisting the nozzles in all directions. The skunk's spray can shoot more than 10 feet. If you get hit in the face with the stinky stuff, it can cause temporary blindness and vomiting. How gross is that? Spotted skunks get funky before they spray. Before spraying their enemy, they do a handstand and wave their back feet around as a warning... or, maybe they're just showing off!

Horned Lizard (Southern American Desert)

Horned Lizards are sometimes wrongly called Horney Toads
This is one of the grossest creatures around. When the Horned Lizard gets really scared, it shoots blood out of its eyes by increasing the blood pressure in its sinuses until they explode. Ouch. The blood doesn't hurt the lizard's enemy but it really freaks them out, so the Horned Lizard has time to escape.

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Fulmar (Europe, North America)

 

Fulmars can vomit on a predator several feet away.

If there were awards for the most disgusting animal, the Fulmar would probably win big. The Fulmar looks like a seagull and its name means "foul-gull." These icky birds defend themselves by projectile vomitingat their would-be attackers. They can hurl up to five feet at other birds that attack them. The puke isn't just disgusting, it's also acidic, so it can eat through the weatherproof coating on the enemy bird's feathers. Eeeeww.

Tarantula (U.S.A., South America)

 

Tarantulas live underground.

Most people know they shouldn't touch a wild Tarantula but it's probably not a good idea to get too close to them either. When a Tarantula feels threatened it uses its feet to grab hairs from its back and then throws them at its opponent. They are barbed, kind of like fishhooks, so they're hard to get rid of and they really stingwhen they get in the attacker's eyes. Ouch. Tarantulas need this kind of protection cuz they're pretty vulnerable. If a Tarantula falls it'll shatter and die.

Mimic Octopus (Ocean near Indonesia)

 

The scientific name for a Mimic Octopus is wonderpus octopus.

The Mimic Octopus is the real master of disguise. It can shape-shift into scarier creatures so predators don't eat it. The Mimic Octopus can change its color and shape to imitate a venomous Lionfish, a Mantis Shrimp, a mass of deadly Sea Snakes or a bunch of other sea animals.

 

 


 

by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 10:06 AM
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karma729
by Karina-D.R. on Sep. 14, 2011 at 10:09 AM

weird!

BellaTragedia
by Roxana-Mexicana on Sep. 14, 2011 at 10:21 AM

I need some cool defense!!! LOL!! Look into the honey badger, now that's one wild animal!! 

ana326
by Ana-Mexicana on Sep. 14, 2011 at 11:12 AM

Wowsa!

LMJ1
by Lluvia-Mexicana on Sep. 14, 2011 at 11:28 AM
Whoaahh!!
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