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5 Animals With Secret Weapons

By Steven Romano Oct 24, 2012

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Platypus

The platypus may look like the kind of thing a budding mad scientist would enter in an elementary school science fair, but the creature’s odd appearance is merely a distraction from its unlikely defense mechanism: an ankle spur behind its hind limb. And only the male platypus is able to secrete a venomous toxin that can incapacitate a person and leave them with a long-lasting case of hyperalgesia: an extreme sensitivity to pain.

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Steven Romano

Like Captain America, Steven Romano is just a boy from Brooklyn. When he isn't contributing to The MindHut and other geeky websites, Steven's hard at work writing his first novel and comic book scripts. Follow him on Twitter @Steven_Romano, and swing by his blog: stevenromano.tumblr.com

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