To create claws, the hairy frog breaks bones in its own feet to force them out through the ends of its toes.
Photograph by Paul Starosta, Corbis
For the sea cucumber, fighting takes guts—no, really. When threatened, it poops out its internal organs to escape its attacker.
Photograph by Ethan Daniels, Shutterstock
Found in Central and South America, botfly larvae—or maggots—chew their way under the skin of mammals and don’t pop out again for about a month.
Photograph by Daniel Heuclin, Nature Picture Library
Eating rotting flesh isn’t the only gross thing turkey vultures do. They also urinate on their legs to clean themselves and keep cool.
Photograph by Wil Meinderts, Minden Pictures
Stay out of this bug’s spray zone! Bombardier beetles shoot scalding-hot toxic chemicals from their abdomen when threatened.
Satoshi Photograph by Kuribayashi, Nature Production, Minden Pictures
The Malayan softshell turtle has a long, thin nose that it uses like a snorkel when searching for snails and other mollusks in freshwater streams.
Photograph by Ch'ien Lee, Minden Pictures
The greater horseshoe bat doesn’t wrinkle its nose at juicy bugs. It uses its leaf-shaped sniffer to search for insects in pastures and woodlands.
Photograph by Stephen Dalton, Minden Pictures
Don’t be fooled by the hairy frogfish’s cartoonish looks—it can swallow prey as large as itself with its oversize mouth.
Photograph by Anke23, Dreamstime
Nearly blind, the star-nosed mole has 22 squirming tentacles surrounding its nose, which help the hamster-size animal feel around for food.
Photograph by Dembinsky Photo Ass., Minden Pictures
Some wasps inject their eggs into caterpillars called tomato hornworms. When the eggs hatch, the caterpillar is eaten from the inside by the wasp larvae.
Photograph by Stephen Bonk, Dreamstime
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