In addition to confusing a predator, the blood tastes awful

How animals defend themselves

A Texas canada goose coats horned lizard can spray blood out of its eyes to protect itself. (LM Otero/AP)

By Howard Bennett By Howard Bennett November 11, 2011

Last month, I wrote an article on how animals Canada Goose Online keep themselves clean. Although canada goose uk black friday the methods varied canada goose among species, cleanliness is an important survival technique for predator and canada goose black friday sale prey alike.

Given the response to the article, I thought I’d do a sequel.

Most animals use defense mechanisms that are well known, Canada Goose Parka including:

having eyes on the side of the head to see predators more easily

playing dead if a predator approaches

using camouflage to blend into the background

Some animals have evolved unique defenses to avoid becoming someone else’s dinner. Here are a few of them.

Skipper caterpillar. This wily invertebrate can shoot poop pellets five feet through the air! This is the equivalent to your 6 foot tall father throwing a ball 240 feet. Scientists think skipper caterpillars do this when threatened because wasps are attracted to the smell of Canada Goose Jackets their droppings. The flying turds send the wasps on a wild goose chase thereby giving the caterpillar time to get away.

Horned lizard. There are 15 species of horned lizards in North America. canada goose coats on sale Four of them buy canada goose jacket have the ability to squirt blood canada goose clearance sale out of their eyes when threatened. During an attack, canada goose uk shop the lizard is able to Canada Goose online reduce the flow of blood to the rest of the body. This increases the pressure in tiny blood vessels near the eye, causing them to burst and spewing a stream cheap Canada Goose of blood up to five feet from the body. In addition to confusing a predator, the blood tastes awful. (Not that I’ve actually tasted it!)

Malaysian ant. Like other ants, a Malaysian ant colony consists of many players: the queen, workers, soldiers and drones (the queen’s mates). If a colony is threatened, it is a soldier’s canada goose clearance job to defend its comrades. The Malaysian soldier buy canada goose jacket cheap ant has a secret weapon large glands full of poison. However, the soldier does not bite his adversaries. Instead, he will scurry away from the colony with the enemy in fast pursuit. Once surrounded, the ant contracts its abdomen, causing the cheap canada goose uk glands Canada Goose Coats On Sale to explode and uk canada goose spraying poison in all directions. The bad news for the soldier ant? It dies after releasing the poison.

Hairy frog. Because canadian goose jacket they’re amphibians, frogs do not have hair. This five inch frog got its name because of hairlike projections that are canada goose store present on the body and thighs of breeding males. The hairy frog is found in Canada Goose sale Central Africa, but it isn’t canada goose outlet vancouver the animal’s “hair” that is used for defense. If the animal is threatened, it deliberately canada goose factory sale breaks its toe bones and forces the sharp bones through the skin. Scientists Canada Goose Outlet don’t know if the canada goose uk outlet makeshift claws are used for fighting or to give the frog more traction for fleeing to uk canada goose outlet safety.

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