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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Sarcastic Fringehead

Sarcastic fringehead

The sarcastic fringehead, a Pacific fish, can open their fanged-mouths to an enormous size to scare off predators. When establishing dominance, two of these fish will open their mouths as far as possible and butt them together in a wrestling match that looks more like a make-out session.


Mantis Shrimp

Mantis shrimp

The champ of underwater creatures, mantis shrimp can punch at up to 75 feet per second (23 m/s) from a stopped position – that’s enough to break aquarium glass. Even if the shrimp misses, the resulting shockwave from the punch can paralyze the other animal. The bubbles in the shockwave can be up to several thousand degrees Kelvin – that’s easily thousands of degrees Fahrenheit or Celsius.


Malaysian Exploding Ant

Malaysian exploding ant

In a display of animal suicide, the Malaysian exploding ant can pop two poison sacs on its abdomen which causes the ant to, you guessed it, explode and cover invaders in the poisonous goop.


Bombardier Beetle

Bombardier beetle

When threatened, the bombardier beedle mixes chemicals in its abdomen almost to the point of boiling, shooting the hot liquid out with a loud pop which scares most predators off.


Komodo Dragon

Komodo Dragon

A slow killer, the komodo dragon keeps its mouth a bacterial mess. With constantly ripped gums, the dragon’s mouth is full of open wounds and blood. If it bites an attacker or prey, it just waits for the infection to kill them off. The young ones protect themselves while they develop the stank breath by rolling around the feces of the other dragons’ kills.

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