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5 Animals With Secret Weapons

By Steven Romano Oct 24, 2012

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Little Shrikethrush

What do poison dart frogs and the little shrikethrush have in common? Just like it’s amphibious friends, the little shrikethrush’s skin, as well as its feathers, are coated with batrachotoxins—a type of neurotoxin. While the toxin is used to dissuade predators from chowing down on the little shrikethrush, so much as coming into contact with it can have unpleasant effects too. But to clarify, the bird itself doesn’t create the toxin. It actually comes from its diet of beetles that carry the stuff. So it's deadly by association.

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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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