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Nature's Craziest Defense Mechanisms

By Vadim Newquist Apr 23, 2014

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Iberian Ribbed Newt

Are you a fan of baby back ribs? Well, you’ll probably not be as much of a fan of Iberian ribbed newt ribs. These creatures, which mainly dwell in the Iberian Peninsula and Morocco, will push its ribs OUT OF ITS SKIN to use as weapons to ward off attackers, a feat that causes no pain to the newt. Is it painful for its attackers? You betcha. You see, razor sharp bones rip through the predator's skin as a poisonous substance secreted by the newt enters the attacker's bloodstream, which causes great pain and can even result in death.

Tags: animals, science, slideshows, nature, weird science

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Vadim Newquist

Vadim Newquist is a writer, director, actor, animator, fire fighter, stunt driver, martial arts instructor, snake wrangler and time traveling bounty hunter who scales tall buildings with his bare hands and wrestles sharks in his spare time. He can do ten consecutive backflips in one jump, make cars explode with his mind, and can give fifty people a high-five at once without even lifting his hands. He holds multiple PhDs in nuclear physics, osteopathic medicine, behavioral psychology, breakdancing, and chilling out. He currently resides in Gotham City inside his stately mansion with his butler Alfred and his two cats.

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