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5 Animals With Secret Weapons

By Steven Romano Oct 24, 2012

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Puss Caterpillar

Nope, that isn’t a mustache on the run, it’s actually a hairy little bugger called a puss caterpillar. The larval stage of the puss moth, the puss caterpillar is covered with hair-like bristles called setate. But don’t go petting it! You’ll walk away with a hand full of tiny spines that induce skin irritation—which can spread to the rest of the body. In severe cases, the spines have even caused nausea, headaches, blisters, and labored breathing. That’s what you get for messin’ with the ‘do, brah!

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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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