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 =)

5 most prickly animals

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)

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The most prickly animals in the world

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 =)

porcupine fish

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)

Sea urchin

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)

Spiny box fish

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.

armadillo lizard

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

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The most prickly animals

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

Lion scorpion ruff

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)