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Nature's Craziest Defense Mechanisms

By Vadim Newquist Apr 23, 2014

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Malaysian Exploding Ant

These little dudes are basically the suicide bombers of the insect world. When a colony is under threat of attack, Malaysian ants are capable of internally combusting, causing their abdomen to explode, releasing glands full of poison that are stored inside their bodies like shrapnel. Just one of these soldiers exploding and taking one for the team is usually all that’s needed to ward off those foolish and unfortunate enough to wage an attack.

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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