25 Bizarre Animal Defense Mechanisms That Have Proven To Be Quite Effective

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Though formidable creatures, these animals haven’t even made it close to our list. Ever heard of a shrimp which can break your bones with a punch? How about explosive suicide insects? Read on to see some our top 25 explosive and bizarre animal defense mechanisms.

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Sea Cucumber

Sea Cucumber

Though it has a pretty harmless name, the sea cucumber has some pretty tough defense mechanisms. If stressed, it fires fine tubes from its respiratory system out its anus at predators. When mixed with water, the tubes can grow up to 20 times their original length; they also become sticky, wrapping predators up. Some sea cucumbers also expel a toxic with the tubes.

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Hairy Frog

Hairy Frog

Not actually hairy, just with hair-like structures (for the males), the hairy frog can break its own feet bones which then rip through the skin and act like claws. Too bad they can’t just grow their nails.

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Potto

Potto

A furry, little primate native to African forests, the potto has a dark side. When under attack, the potto sticks its head to its chest and puffs out its top vertebrae then rushes its opponents like a battering ram.

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Crested Porcupine

Crested Porcupine

The pointy crested porcupine has quills up to half the size of its body – nearly 14 inches (35cm) per quill! When chased, it’ll stop in its tracks, leaving the chaser to run into its quills like a spike pit from Indiana Jones. It can also rattle short quills on its tail like a rattlesnake.

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French Guiana Termite

French Guiana Termite

In what seems to be a science-fiction storyline in the animal kingdom, when French Guiana termites become too old (and overuse the colony’s resources) they develop blue spots on their necks. When an predator eats them, the spots mix with saliva and can paralyze and poison the eater, making these the animal forms of a cyanide pill!

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