Penguins throw pope bombs, Lemurs secrete a stinky perfume to lure companions and even the sweetest of monkeys sometimes eat their own. When you study animals, you never know what odd behavior you might see.
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Treat on snake toad organs
Asian cookery snakes use their knee teeth Slices in the abdominal cavities And patting their limbs, left slightly behind but an empty bag of skin. Snakes sometimes spend hours circling themselves on the palm; Specifically, scientists called snakes consuming poisonous toads Dattafrianus Melanostictus, Also known as Asian common toads or Asian black-spotted toads. Toads secrete a poisonous white substance, so scientists suspect that cookery snakes may have adopted their vicious tactics to avoid this poison.
White-faced Capuchin Monkey (Apples imitator) Look absolutely cute, their dark brown eyes and small faces ringed with white fur – but sometimes, these adorable creatures will Cannibalism to one’s own kin. When an infant monkey fell from a tree in Santa Rosa National Park in Costa Rica, his relatives gathered with interest about the corpse. Soon, a young man and a pregnant woman started munching on the baby’s legs and feet. In the end, he only touched the head, chest and arms. When hunting prey animals, capuchins usually consume one whole animal in one sitting and as a group, instead of eating only two monkeys in part; Because of this, scientists suspect cannibalism may be an unusual behavior for white-faced capuchin.
Panda courtship caught on camera
After tracking pandas through China’s Qinling Mountains for three years, the filmmakers caught two male bears Attracting female attention. This is the first time this courtship behavior is captured on film, and if you expect something cute and frankly, you will accidentally go wrong. Both males were fighting, fighting and bouncing from under a tree while the female sat in the upstairs branches. The older age of the men won this early skirmish, but when the woman fell down, she managed to slip away. Both males followed the female for several weeks, eventually, the younger male prevailed.
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Penguin poop bomb
Penguin can Shoot them During great distances, about twice the length of their bodies, and scientists calculated how much force they needed to do so. The team specifically saw the Humboldt Penguins (Spheniscus Humboldti), Who spew their feces in a graceful arc from their nest on high ground. He calculated that the pressure generated in the penguin’s rectum was about 4 pounds per square inch (28.2 kilopascals). This means that powerful predators can shed their feces at about 5 mph (8 km / h) and about 53 inches (134 cm) away.
‘Godzilla’ lay its eggs in the underwater caterpillar
Microgester godzilla Hadda Earned his demonic name The way this host hunts down. The parasitic wasp dives underwater to catch kites, which swim just below the surface in homemade coverings. One by one, the wasps wrestle the caterpillars out of their caspings, pulling them above the water and quickly pumping them full of eggs. The way the wasp burst from the water reminded Godzilla scientists to leave the ocean in classic sci-fi films.
Dare an eel (and gross) escape
A blue wader was flying along the Delaware coastline, when suddenly, a American eel exploded from its gorge. In photographs taken by Sam Davis, a Maryland engineer, the eel can be seen swinging the bird like a thick necktie. After escaping from the belly of the blue heron, the adventurous eel could escape – but only if it fell into or around water that was salty enough. In spite of this malaise, Heron lived to fly another day.
Naked mole mice use carbon dioxide to avoid seizures
Naked mole mice live in crowded underground with little oxygen, but there is no problem for these wrinkled aggregates. Rather than relying on oxygen, the naked mole is actually a rat Depend more on carbon dioxide; Without it, his brain short-circuits and causes seizures. Due to a genetic mutation, the brain of mole mice lacks a switch that usually inhibits electrical activity. This mutation allows animals to conserve precious energy reserves, and thankfully high levels of carbon dioxide in their bur suppress brain activity in a different way, which usually protects mole mice from seizures. .
Lemurs Flirt Using Stinky Love Potions
Male ring-tailed lemurs (Lemur Cutta) Produce your own cologne From a gland in your wrist and during breeding season dip your tail with liquid. These wrist secretions are mostly bitter and smelling leather, but as the breeding season approaches, Cologne takes on a sweet, fruity aroma. Scientists say that this change in odor can be caused by fluctuations in testosterone, and it can be a sign when a male is ready for sexual intercourse. But while women show a strong interest in mating-season odors, it is unclear whether this stinky form of molestation actually makes men a more desirable partner.
Platypus glow under UV light
When scientists were studying old platypus specimens, they made a surprising discovery: under UVNormally brown creatures Emit a blue-green glow. Different Mussel, Flying squirrels and oposomes are the only other mammals that exhibit such bio-structure. Scientists discovered this glow after studying flying squirrels at the Field Museum in Chicago when they decided to train their black light on duckbuilded mammals, as both animals hunt in the twilight and during the night. The green sheen of the platypus may reduce their visibility to predators, the team hypothesizes, but more research is needed to confirm this theory.
Mentis shrimp stolen in rival’s houses
Mantis shrimp Negonodactylus bradini Club-like weapons, which they use to Bully shrimp outside their homes. Crustaceans, nicknamed “Smashers”, can swing their arms at 50 mph (80 km / h) and make it out on coral reefs in the southern Caribbean Sea. In laboratory studies, scientists found that, if given a choice between empty burr, the shrimp would choose larger, roomier ones that they could grow. But when other shrimp start burying at home, the smugglers attack the shrimp most on the lakes. Researchers suggested that although agile could be a tight squeeze, the attacking shrimp knew the stay would be shorter and therefore easier to defeat.
Originally published on Live Science.