Mother Nature has a tendency to let her kids fight it out, and only the strongest get to sire progeny. Many of them decide to go the tried and tested way of claws, teeth, and hearty roars to dissuade others from seeing them as a good meal. Some of the smaller ones, though, don’t have any of those, so, combined with father time’s patience, developed defence mechanisms that don’t just discourage you from eating them but make you go, “Dude what the hell?”
Malaysian ants will swarm a predator and explode resulting in their death but ensuring the survival of the colony. If they sense a predator, Malaysian ants will defend their colony at all costs, including death. They will swarm the animal, getting as close to it as they can, and then explode. They have poison sacs inside their body that will explode and spray the enemy with poison that is corrosive. Some die. but the colony survives. They aren’t the only ones that are willing to die for the greater good.
The Texas horned Lizard
The horned lizard from Texas has glands in its eyes which it squeezes and results in it releasing blood from its eyes as a spray. The Texas horned lizard can then spray the liquid on any approaching predator reaching as far as five feet. The attack isn’t without consequence. The horned lizard can lose up to a third of its blood performing this attack. Not only is the attack meant to be a surprise, but the blood also stinks and wards of most of its canine and feline predators.
The hairy frog
Since claws are not an option, the hairy frog decided that there had to be a better way to stay alive. Now, when it’s threatened, it breaks its bones so hard that they protrude from the skin. Like some low-level wolverine, the animal then uses the claw-like projections to defend itself. For reference, this is called a compound fracture, and, when it happens to a person, all alarm bells go off. You are risking infection, not just a broken limb.
Young Eurasian roller birds
The rollers are Old World birds, but they have been known to travel from Europe to the southern parts of Africa, with some being spotted in Zimbabwe. With all the time it spends away from its nest, the young of a roller bird need an effective defense mechanism to protect themselves from predators.
Young roller birds protect themselves from predators by vomiting an orange liquid. The putrid-smelling goo is potent enough to deter even the most determined predator. Its strong scent also warns the parents that there is danger nearby.
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