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Creatures use a variety of techniques to protect themselves from predators or territorial intruders. Frilled Lizards flare their neck flaps to express themselves, Pillbugs roll up into a tight ball and Leopard Sea Slugs actually eject their sticky innards when disturbed. A fascinating example of 'suicide bomber' defense comes from a Bornean Carpenter Ant when pitted against a larger Weaver Ant. The smaller ant explodes. These ants have enlarged glands full of a very sticky and poisonous yellow glue. When they feel they are in danger they rupture their glands spraying glue all over the attacker which binds to the two ants in a death tableau.
Long-eared Owl (Asio otus) owlet in defensive posture, western Montana  -  Donald M. Jones
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00545931 Long-eared Owl (Asio otus) owlet in defensive posture, western Montana© Donald M. Jones
White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) buck in defensive posture with tail raised, western Montana  -  Donald M. Jones
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00546090 White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) buck in defensive posture with tail raised, western Montana© Donald M. Jones
Newly discovered Orange Toadlet species (2010)(Brachycephalus pitanga) in defensive posture, Serra do Mar, Atlantic Forest, Brazil  -  Luciano Candisani
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00546940 Newly discovered Orange Toadlet species (2010)(Brachycephalus pitanga) in defensive posture, Serra do Mar, Atlantic Forest, Brazil© Luciano Candisani
Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus) in defensive posture, Texas  -  Alan Murphy/ BIA
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00547706 Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus) in defensive posture, Texas© Alan Murphy/ BIA
Wandering Spider (Phoneutria fera) in defensive posture, Panguana Nature Reserve, Peru  -  Konrad Wothe
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00551042 Wandering Spider (Phoneutria fera) in defensive posture, Panguana Nature Reserve, Peru© Konrad Wothe
Panther Chameleon (Chamaeleo pardalis) female in threat display, Masoala National Park, Madagascar  -  Sean Crane
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00551716 Panther Chameleon (Chamaeleo pardalis) female in threat display, Masoala National Park, Madagascar© Sean Crane
Bonobo (Pan paniscus) in defensive posture, Lola Ya Bonobo Sanctuary, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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00554550 Bonobo (Pan paniscus) in defensive posture, Lola Ya Bonobo Sanctuary, Democratic Republic of the Congo© Thomas Marent
Pacific Horned Frog (Ceratophrys stolzmanni) in defensive posture, native to South America
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00556090 Pacific Horned Frog (Ceratophrys stolzmanni) in defensive posture, native to South America© Pete Oxford
American Lobster (Homarus americanus) in defensive posture, Passamaquoddy Bay, Maine
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00558400 American Lobster (Homarus americanus) in defensive posture, Passamaquoddy Bay, Maine© Scott Leslie
Greater Hedgehog Tenrec (Setifer setosus) in defensive posture rolled into a ball, Palmarium Reserve, Madagascar
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00559768 Greater Hedgehog Tenrec (Setifer setosus) in defensive posture rolled into a ball, Palmarium Reserve, Madagascar© Chien Lee
Lantern Fly (Pyrops heringi) in defensive posture, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia
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00559855 Lantern Fly (Pyrops heringi) in defensive posture, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia© Chien Lee
Tasmanian Devil (Sarcophilus harrisii) in defensive posture, Tasmania, Australia
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00561360 Tasmanian Devil (Sarcophilus harrisii) in defensive posture, Tasmania, Australia© Sean Crane
Mountain Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla beringei) silverback in defensive posture, Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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00561350 Mountain Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla beringei) silverback in defensive posture, Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo© Fiona Rogers
Cape Pangolin (Manis temminckii) rolled up in defensive posture, Limpopo, South Africa
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00563809 Cape Pangolin (Manis temminckii) rolled up in defensive posture, Limpopo, South Africa© Pete Oxford
Signal Crayfish (Pacifastacus leniusculus) in defensive posture, Sussex, England
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00570923 Signal Crayfish (Pacifastacus leniusculus) in defensive posture, Sussex, England© Stephen Dalton
Crab Spider (Thomisidae) in defensive posture, Antananarivo, Madagascar
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00572420 Crab Spider (Thomisidae) in defensive posture, Antananarivo, Madagascar© Paul Bertner
Eurasian Eagle-Owl (Bubo bubo) chick in defensive posture, Lower Saxony, Germany
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00575975 Eurasian Eagle-Owl (Bubo bubo) chick in defensive posture, Lower Saxony, Germany© Willi Rolfes/ BIA
Pill Millipede (Glomeris sp) rolled into a protective ball, Kalimantan, Indonesia  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00620358 Pill Millipede (Glomeris sp) rolled into a protective ball, Kalimantan, Indonesia© Cyril Ruoso
House Crab Spider (Philodromus dispar) male pretending to be dead  -  Stephen Dalton
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00771148 House Crab Spider (Philodromus dispar) male pretending to be dead© Stephen Dalton
Pacific Giant Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) squirting ink in defense as it jets away, Quadra Island, British Columbia, Canada  -  Fred Bavendam
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00153061 Pacific Giant Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini) squirting ink in defense as it jets away, Quadra Island, British Columbia, Canada© Fred Bavendam
Grasshopper with aposematic coloration aerates toxic blood as a defensive behavior, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00427256 Grasshopper with aposematic coloration aerates toxic blood as a defensive behavior, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa© Piotr Naskrecki
Devil's Praying Mantis (Idolomantis diabolica) in defensive posture, Tanzania  -  Thomas Marent
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00543842 Devil's Praying Mantis (Idolomantis diabolica) in defensive posture, Tanzania© Thomas Marent
Drill (Mandrillus leucophaeus) male in defensive posture, Afi Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary, Nigeria
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00554438 Drill (Mandrillus leucophaeus) male in defensive posture, Afi Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary, Nigeria© Thomas Marent
Prairie Rattlesnake (Crotalus viridis viridis) in defensive posture, South Dakota
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00558691 Prairie Rattlesnake (Crotalus viridis viridis) in defensive posture, South Dakota© Ingo Arndt
Fulgorid Planthopper (Phrictus quinquepartitus) in defensive posture, Braulio Carrillo National Park, Costa Rica
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00572135 Fulgorid Planthopper (Phrictus quinquepartitus) in defensive posture, Braulio Carrillo National Park, Costa Rica© Paul Bertner
African Savannah Mantid (Polyspilota aeruginosa) in defensive posture, Mantadia National Park, Madagascar  -  Thomas Marent
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00785568 African Savannah Mantid (Polyspilota aeruginosa) in defensive posture, Mantadia National Park, Madagascar© Thomas Marent
Ribbon Eel (Rhinomuraena quaesita) female gaping in defensive behavior, Indonesia  -  Chris Newbert
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00973019 Ribbon Eel (Rhinomuraena quaesita) female gaping in defensive behavior, Indonesia© Chris Newbert
Spectacled Cobra (Naja naja) with hood flared in defense posture, Gujarat, India  -  Pete Oxford
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00210370 Spectacled Cobra (Naja naja) with hood flared in defense posture, Gujarat, India© Pete Oxford
Fringe-lipped Bat (Trachops cirrhosus) in defensive posture, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama  -  Christian Ziegler
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00463315 Fringe-lipped Bat (Trachops cirrhosus) in defensive posture, Smithsonian Tropical Research Station, Barro Colorado Island, Panama© Christian Ziegler
Short-beaked Echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus) curled up in defensive posture, Francois Peron National Park, Australia  -  Roland Seitre
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00524224 Short-beaked Echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus) curled up in defensive posture, Francois Peron National Park, Australia© Roland Seitre
Banded Anole (Anolis insignis) male defensive territorial display, cloud forest, Costa Rica  -  Michael & Patricia Fogden
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00511259 Banded Anole (Anolis insignis) male defensive territorial display, cloud forest, Costa Rica© Michael & Patricia Fogden
False Fer-de-lance (Xenodon rabdocephalus) snake, defensive threat display, rainforest, Costa Rica  -  Michael & Patricia Fogden
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00510907 False Fer-de-lance (Xenodon rabdocephalus) snake, defensive threat display, rainforest, Costa Rica© Michael & Patricia Fogden
Shingleback Lizard (Tiliqua rugosa) defensive display, Australia  -  Michael & Patricia Fogden
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00510713 Shingleback Lizard (Tiliqua rugosa) defensive display, Australia© Michael & Patricia Fogden
Hog-nosed Snake (Heterodon sp) defensive behavior, rolling on back to display warning colors on underside, native to North America  -  Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
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00240469 Hog-nosed Snake (Heterodon sp) defensive behavior, rolling on back to display warning colors on underside, native to North America© Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
Splendid Leaf Frog (Agalychnis calcarifer) in defensive posture, Costa Rica  -  Hiroya Minakuchi
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00487141 Splendid Leaf Frog (Agalychnis calcarifer) in defensive posture, Costa Rica© Hiroya Minakuchi
Katydid (Pterochroza sp) in defensive posture, Yasuni National Park, Amazon, Ecuador  -  Pete Oxford
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00482267 Katydid (Pterochroza sp) in defensive posture, Yasuni National Park, Amazon, Ecuador© Pete Oxford
Asian Forest Scorpion (Heterometrus longimanus) in defensive posture, Kuching, Borneo, Malaysia  -  Ch'ien Lee
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00451000 Asian Forest Scorpion (Heterometrus longimanus) in defensive posture, Kuching, Borneo, Malaysia© Chien Lee
Southern Frog (Physalaemus sp) flashes false eye spots in defensive display, rainforest, Manu National Park Reserve, Peru  -  Michael & Patricia Fogden
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00510374 Southern Frog (Physalaemus sp) flashes false eye spots in defensive display, rainforest, Manu National Park Reserve, Peru© Michael & Patricia Fogden
Southern Anteater (Tamandua tetradactyla) in defensive posture, Pantanal, Brazil  -  Luciano Candisani
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00447631 Southern Anteater (Tamandua tetradactyla) in defensive posture, Pantanal, Brazil© Luciano Candisani
Beetle predating on snail who responds with defensive bubbles, Atewa Range, Ghana  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00427091 Beetle predating on snail who responds with defensive bubbles, Atewa Range, Ghana© Piotr Naskrecki
African Foam Grasshopper (Dictyophorus cuisinieri) blow air through their blood via their thoracic spiracles, creating foam that gives predators a taste of noxious chemicals, Guinea, West Africa, sequ...  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00298365 African Foam Grasshopper (Dictyophorus cuisinieri) blow air through their blood via their thoracic spiracles, creating foam that gives predators a taste of noxious chemicals, Guinea, West Africa, sequ...© Piotr Naskrecki
Calabar Ground Boa (Charina reinhardtii) as a defensive behavior, coils body into a ball, head and tail look alike, native to West Africa  -  Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
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00240477 Calabar Ground Boa (Charina reinhardtii) as a defensive behavior, coils body into a ball, head and tail look alike, native to West Africa© Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
Little Cuttlefish (Sepiola atlantica) with tentacles spread in defensive display, United Kingdom  -  Hans Leijnse/ NiS
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00283232 Little Cuttlefish (Sepiola atlantica) with tentacles spread in defensive display, United Kingdom© Hans Leijnse/ NiS
Red Wood Ant (Formica rufa) colony reacting in defensive behavior by spraying formic acid from a gland in rear of their abdomens, Sweden
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00195157 Red Wood Ant (Formica rufa) colony reacting in defensive behavior by spraying formic acid from a gland in rear of their abdomens, Sweden© Konrad Wothe
Porcupinefish (Diodon nicthemerus) swallows water to puff itself up and points its spines outward as a defense against predators, South Australia  -  Fred Bavendam
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00151495 Porcupinefish (Diodon nicthemerus) swallows water to puff itself up and points its spines outward as a defense against predators, South Australia© Fred Bavendam
California Sea Hare (Aplysia californica) ejects purple ink when disturbed, Monterey, California  -  Norbert Wu
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00135167 California Sea Hare (Aplysia californica) ejects purple ink when disturbed, Monterey, California© Norbert Wu
Leopard Sea Cucumber (Bohadschia argus) ejects a mass of long white sticky cuvierian tubules as a defense when disturbed, Manado, Indonesia  -  Fred Bavendam
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00151878 Leopard Sea Cucumber (Bohadschia argus) ejects a mass of long white sticky cuvierian tubules as a defense when disturbed, Manado, Indonesia© Fred Bavendam
Frilled Lizard (Chlamydosaurus kingii) with frill raised and mouth open in defensive posture on tree log, Australia  -  Michael & Patricia Fogden
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00510715 Frilled Lizard (Chlamydosaurus kingii) with frill raised and mouth open in defensive posture on tree log, Australia© Michael & Patricia Fogden
Mountain Sipo (Chironius monticola) in threat posture, western slope of the Andes Cloud Forest, Mindo, Ecuador  -  James Christensen
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00425630 Mountain Sipo (Chironius monticola) in threat posture, western slope of the Andes Cloud Forest, Mindo, Ecuador© James Christensen
Carpenter Ant (Camponotus cylindricus) has ruptured her body to spew a sticky yellow glue, which has killed both her and the larger worker of another Carpenter Ant (Camponotus sp), Brunei, Borneo, Mal...  -  Mark Moffett
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00439788 Carpenter Ant (Camponotus cylindricus) has ruptured her body to spew a sticky yellow glue, which has killed both her and the larger worker of another Carpenter Ant (Camponotus sp), Brunei, Borneo, Mal...© Mark Moffett
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