There exists a species of Lizard which shoots blood from its eye as a defensive mechanism against larger predators.


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Lizard species : shoots blood from eye as defensive mechanism

Lizard species : shoots blood from eye as defensive mechanism: The ‘Horned Lizard’ is a master survivor. They have developed three effective methods to avoid being eaten by predators.

 One of the basic survival methods adopted by the lizard is camouflage. The lizard sits still on the soil or the mud track laden with pebbles or small bits of stones. They gradually blend in with the rocks apparently becoming invisible to onlookers.This form of self-protection is enough for birds.

Lizard species : shoots blood from eye as defensive mechanism

While blending into the rocks may save the lizard from becoming birds prey, it does not stop a snake from making a meal of it.

A hungry snake looking for food will not mind the hardy skin of the lizard. They will not be fooled by camouflage either. So the lizard begins to puff up. The lizard becomes double the size of itself which surprises the snake. Then the devious lizard pushes the weirdness factor further. The lizard slowly topples over showing its tummy. It lies rigid with outstretched arms. The puzzled snake usually retreats at this juncture.

Lizard species : shoots blood from eye as defensive mechanism

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