Horned Lizards Will Shoot You With Blood

Horned Lizards Will Shoot You With Blood

The horned lizard has no strategic hunting method for snatching harvester ants, but does have a unique form of self-defense. Thin blood vessels around the eye of the lizard rupture under pressure to squirt streams of blood at predators. Besides startling the attacker, the blood also contains canine repellent chemicals to ward off predators like the coyote.


Key Facts In This Video

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    The known aliases of the horned lizard include the horned frog and the horny toad, but it's not an amphibian. (0:13)

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    Horned lizards do not have hunting strategies; they simply lap up harvester ants. (0:39)

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    The self-defense mechanism of the horned lizard is to shoot blood from its eyes. (1:11)

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