Top 10 Mammals With Unusual Defense Mechanisms

Mammals perceive changes in the environment and react accordingly. Danger is one of the changes that call for first response. Some of the ways that are thought best for danger is to attack the enemy, running away among others. Mammals will flee death and any dangers posed by predators in the most original way. Let’s take a look at some of the mammals with odd defence mechanisms.

10. Opossum


Playing possum means pretending dead. This bird reacts to danger by hissing, growling and baring its teeth, but will bite viciously when pushed much. When things get tough, the next thing is to feign death. It collapses on the ground, appears to be ill, with its mouth open and its teeth bared.

9. Potto


This primate is found in the jangles of Africa. It has a slow movement hence vulnerable to danger. The defense technique of the bird is unique. It has an enlarged neural spine on either vertebrae that protrude from the neck and the shoulders. The predators on seeing the spikes which have pointed tips, think that they are deadly weapons. The animal uses the spikes to neck butt its enemies.

8. Pangolin


This mammal has its entire body covered by large sharp edged scales. In case of a threat, it coils into a roll that is too hard to uncoil. They sometimes lash out at the enemy with their heavy tails that cause severe injury to the enemy.

7. Three Banded Armadillo

Three Banded Armadillo

Most Armadillo protect themselves against the predators by burying themselves in to the soil. The armor-like shell is hard enough to protect it against its enemies. The armadillo also snaps shot suddenly to create a sound that startles the enemy.

6. Crested Porcupine

Crested Porcupine

This is one of the largest rodents. It gets its name from the erected crest in front of its body. This crest is made up of quills from modified hair. When an enemy is approaching, the animal scares them away by making a rattle by shaking its hollow tail quills. When the problem persists, it moves back and stabs the enemy with the back quill. The predator may die of infection or severe injury.

5. Pygmy Sperm Whale

Pygmy Sperm Whale

This species is vulnerable to sharks, orcas and other dangerous sea creatures. It produces a reddish, syrupy substance from the anus and spreads it in the water by the help of the tail to create a dark muddy cloud. Through this, the whale is protected from the enemies and then swims away.

4. Dormouse


Fleeing the enemy is always the first option, but when caught by the tail, the loose skin comes off the tail, hence getting the chance to escape. The dormouse avoids this method of escape because when it stunts, it never grows again, and the tail bone falls off.

3. Skunk


This animal have an odorous secretion, an extremely powerful chemical weapon. The pair of glands in the anal region produces this odorous fluid. The muscles in this region are well developed, enabling the animal to squirt up to a distance of three meters. The aim of the animal is to squirt at the face of the enemy.

2. Platypus


This mammal has a unique defense mechanism. The hind limb of the male platypus has a retractable sharp spurs in each hind limbs. These spurs are connected to venom glands. When he animal is attacked, it gets injected with the venom that kills. The only advantage to humans is that this venom is non-lethal to them, but its effect is strong enough to make them faint.

1. Slow Loris

The Slow Loris

This animal is small and also has a slow movement, just as the name suggest. It has poison glands on its elbows. It licks the poison and spreads it over its far. When bitten, the predator suffers immense pain and swelling.

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