25 Freaky Now-You-Know Facts About Animal Defense Mechanisms

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Dinoflagellates practice mutually assured destruction. When disturbed, they light up like a neon diner sign, alerting the rest of the food chain to th

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Fulmar chicks hurk up a stream of orange oil. It sticks to predators' feathers, which makes them unable to fly, and can even cause them to sink in wat

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Possums don't exactly play dead. An involuntary reaction to a threat causes them to fall into a coma and stink like a corpse. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM

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The hairy frog breaks its own bones. It gives itself nature's most horrific pedicure, breaking its toes to create rudimentary claws. NOW YOU KNOW CRAC

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Some termites send their elders on suicide missions. They detonate a reservoir of toxic crystals they've been saving up their whole life. NOW YOU KNOW

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The Spanish ribbed newt pokes its ribs through its skin to give itself dragon spikes. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED.COM

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The slow loris hopes you're allergic to it, please. It slowly, adorably, coats its body and teeth in a poison intended to send predators into anaphyla

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Beware the potato beetle's fecal shield. The larvae eat a poisonous plant, then cover their bodies in their own noxious sh*t. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED C

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Porcupines will charge you, ass-first. They don't just curl up into a ball, or shoot off quills like in cartoons. They'll scurry directly at danger...

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The wood frog injects its own tissue with anti-freeze. It fills up with glucose to reduce the size of ice crystals that would otherwise destroy its ti

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The flying fish can hurl itself to a point over 1,000 feet away. Imagine what that looks like to a predator who has no understanding of not the ocean

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Bombardier beetles make their own beetle juice. They have two glands in their anus that, when mixed, fire off a boiling-hot noxious concoction. NOW YO

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The duck-billed platypus has a poison spike on its back leg. And that's probably the least f*ed up thing about the duck-billed platypus. NOW YOU KNOW

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Mantis shrimp will attack you with a tiny thunderstorm. Their strike is SO fast, it produces pockets of heat, light, and sound. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED C

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Pygmy sperm whales have a reservoir of anal syrup. They release it like a smoke bomb sO they can make their getaway. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM

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Desert rain frogs make a plaintive squeak that sounds like Austin Powers over-inflating his Reebok Pumps. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM

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Elephant hawk moth caterpillars will quickly transform... into an adorable looking snake. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM

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The acacia tree harbors angry ants in its thorns. If an animal starts eating it, the ants will sting the sh*t out of its mouth until it leaves. NOW YO

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Be glad if the cuttlfish is camouflaged. If you can see one, it's probably trying to hypnotize and eat you. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM

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Boxer crabs grab a fistfull of poison. They hold poisonous anemone in their claws, like a boxer sneaking razors into his gloves. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED

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Dormice will eject their tails when a predator catches them. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM

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Some millipedes ooze toxic chemicals, and then dare you to eat them by glowing in the dark. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM

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The noble hoopoe will, ignobly, diarrhea at you. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM

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Cereal leaf beetles wear their fart on their sleeve. They cover their poop in jelly, and wear it like a big globular backpack. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED CO

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A Malaysian soldier ant will flex its abs until it explodes. Specifically, they intentionally burst a poison-filled gland. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM

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