Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Newt forces bone through skin as defense mechanism

This is really weird. When attacked, the Spanish ribbed newt secretes a poisonous milky substance from its pores, and shifts its ribs forward (forcing them through the skin) "exposing a row of bones that act like poisonous barbs." (BBC) Oddly enough, neither the forcing of the bone through skin or the poison has "any ill effects" on the creature.

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