Do any land animals squirt toxins for self-defense or predation?



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    Spitting Snakes are known to spit venom in defense. The snake can aim for the face of its attacker with surprising accuracy and distance (6.5 feet). The venom is harmless to intact skin, but causes burning to mucus membranes and can cause permeant blindness if the venom makes it into the eyes.

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    Though I’m sure there are more terrestrial animals that shoot toxins as a defense mechanism, these are a few interesting ones that I found. Sea cucumbers turn themselves inside out when being attacked, which enables it emit toxins at the predator. Monarch butterflies make themselves toxic to their predators by feeding on milkweeds. Hog nosed snakes leach a fluid from their bodies that gives a volatile smells in order to make their predators lose interest in eating them. Lastly, the poison dart frog develops its own toxin in glands beneath the surface of their skin, which happens from eating a specific species of ant.

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    A skunk’s potent spray can cause skin and respiratory irritation and even temporary blindness. 

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    Malaysian ants defend their colony by causing their bodies to explode like little ant bombs. When an enemy approaches, the ant waits until it’s close and then BOOM! The ants have large glands full of poison inside their bodies. When they sense a threat they contract their abs causing the glands to explode and spray poison.

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