Needles instead of the usual wool cover are not only an amazing “built-in” defense mechanism, but also, in some cases, a dangerous weapon) We present to your attention a selection of the 5 most dangerous prickly animals in the world =)
Through the impenetrable prickly cover, it is almost impossible to get to vulnerable places, and parts of the body not covered with needles are usually carefully guarded (for example, a hedgehog curls up into a ball at the sight of danger). This list includes the brightest and most dangerous representatives of the prickly fauna =)
So, in 5th place is the Australian echidna, whose defensive weapon maims and kills anyone who approaches it.
The Australian echidna lives, oddly enough, in Australia)) This rabbit-sized mammal covered with needles comes in two varieties: with a short and long nose. I also advise you to read about the rarest animals in the world.
If you disturb the echidna during the meal, it will burrow into the ground, and only a small forest of needles will remain outside — the animal will remain in this position until the violator of his personal space leaves. In addition, the echidna can curl up into a ball like the smaller prickly animal familiar to us — the hedgehog, and the poisonous needles of the echidna are hidden even in the paws. In total, there are more than 5 thousand needles on the body of a mammal, so this can be called an ideal defensive weapon!
Echidna is so popular in Australia that it is even minted on one of the Australian coins)
The 4th line is occupied by a porcupine fish or a sea urchin, whose deadly quills normally lie quietly along the body. But as soon as the sea urchin senses danger, it abruptly sucks in a huge amount of water and / or air, the needles straighten and the fish turns into a huge prickly ball. No one will be lucky to swallow such a surprise =)
How does this little fish manage to make such a transformation? The thing is in the stomach of a sea urchin: dense walls allow it to expand several times when water is drawn in, and the rest of the internal organs during this process are located in an arc along the spine. It is the critical tension of the skin that allows the needles to stretch out into line and make the fish unfit for food)
Another “underwater” owner of spikes is the spiny box fish, I don’t know the exact Russian name, but something like a prickly box) also like a porcupine fish swallowing water, but in this case it becomes not like a ball, but rather like a pumpkin)
In 3rd place is an armadillo lizard armed with sharp armor living in Madagascar. The weapons of this reptile are sharp rigid plates of armor protecting the body.
The armadillo lizard uses its spikes in two ways: the spikes on the tail are great for protecting the entrance to the hole in calm times, and in times of danger, the lizard sticks its tail into its mouth, thus turning into a prickly wheel, which it can swallow without harm to itself. just impossible
2nd place is taken by the deceptively graceful lion ruff scorpion, whose 18 red and white hollow spines are actually needle-like poisonous fins that inject poison under the skin of an unlucky victim
If a person runs into such a needle, he will at least be very hurt, and in some cases such a “touch” can lead to a fatal outcome.
Due to its painful and deadly weapon, this fish tends to behave quite arrogantly and is not afraid of anyone at all, swimming slowly and naturally)
Well, in the 1st place, as many have already guessed, there is a porcupine, known, first of all, for its long thick needles thrown back
When danger arises, the porcupine straightens its quills and begins to shake its tail, producing grinding sounds that are somewhat reminiscent of a snake hiss.
If this warning was ignored, the porcupine releases all its quills directly into the attacker’s face, and be it even a hyena, even a lion, they will have to retreat anyway and will be very lucky if they even survive after such poisonous acupuncture)