In the world there are many living creatures that differ in prickly, and not woolen. It turns out that the needles bring their owners considerable benefit. Spines are often a deadly weapon against enemies. And to unprotected parts of the body to the enemy, as a rule, it is simply difficult to get. So we can say that prickly animals are the happy owners of a wonderful defense mechanism. What creatures can boast the longest, sharpest needles?
Sea urchin is one of the most unusual deep-sea inhabitants. This animal can not be afraid of adversaries, because its body is completely covered with huge sharp poisonous spikes. So in sea waters there are few who want to enjoy sea urchins. The only enemies of these creatures are otters and humans.
Crown of thorns
A crown of thorns or an acanthaster is nothing but the famous starfish. This is a very beautiful marine creature, the color of which varies from bright orange to bluish green. Acanthaster, as a rule, grows up to 40-50 centimeters. An adult starfish has up to 21 rays.
The body of the crown of thorns is completely covered with sharp needles, the length of which is 2-3 centimeters. At their base there are poisonous glands. That is why, even a small injection of such needles can be fatal for both an animal and a person.
Armadillo is a creature that is most often called an armadillo. The natural habitat of this animal is the Argentinean sand plains, with extremely rare vegetation: cacti and prickly shrubs. Surviving in such an area is not easy. However, nature provided the battleship with everything necessary for a comfortable existence. The back and head of the armadillo are covered with a thick shell, consisting of strong rigid plates. Due to this, the animal is well protected from sharp stones and earthen blockages. An armadillo digs tunnels all day. He needs a shell in order to calmly feel underground.
A spiked spider is an inhabitant of the rainforest. It can be found exclusively in warm countries such as Mexico, Peru, Cuba, Jamaica. The color of these unusual creatures depends directly on the habitat.
A spiked spider can be bright red, lemon yellow and even green. The spikes are also colorful. Therefore, the appearance of the animal as it warns the enemies of danger. But in fact, a spiked spider is not capable of harming anyone. It poses a threat only to small insects that are part of its diet.
Lesser Belt Tail
The Lesser Belted Tail is a carnivorous lizard that lives in Africa. This animal can not boast of large size. The length of his body is only 15-21 centimeters. The main advantage of the small girdle is its hard plates on its back and sharp spikes, which cover its paws, neck and head. In the event of even the slightest threat from the side, the lizard immediately collapses into a ring and grabs its tail with its jaws. The armored coating of the shell and spikes also protects the animal’s body from various injuries, and the belttail most often lives in rocky gorges.
The prickly moth is completely covered with sharp spikes. Moreover, it has a thorny cover even at the stage of degeneration, that is, at the caterpillar stage. Spikes reliably protect the moth from attacks of birds and predatory animals that live in the upper part of tree crowns.
Hedgehog is one of the most famous forest animals. Contrary to popular belief, he is a predatory animal. The hedgehog is happy to hunt small rodents and insects. Often, he even ruins bird’s nests.
In the forest, the hedgehog has many enemies. However, the needles perfectly protect him from the attacks of predators. In case of danger, the animal tightens its paws and turns into a prickly ball. When he is in this position, neither the wolf nor the fox can reach him.
Porcupine is the owner of the longest needles. None of the mammals can boast such large needles. The length of the porcupine needles is 40 centimeters. The animal uses them solely for protection. If the porcupine is in danger, he starts to growl and shake his needles heavily. If the predator does not respond to such warning signals, the porcupine attacks it, trying to inflict serious damage on it with needles.
Moloch is an Australian lizard that is often called the “prickly devil.” The body of this strange creature is completely covered with curved spikes. In the event of a predator attack, the moloch tilts its head as low as possible to divert its attention. The fact is that in the cervical region of the animal there is a small spiny outgrowth. When the lizard leans forward, it forms a kind of “false head”, and this greatly distracts the attention of the enemy. In addition, spikes directed towards the enemy can scare him away. While the enemy decides whether to attack such a formidable opponent or not, the hammer manages to quickly escape and hide.
Echidna can only be found in Australia. Needles are located only on the sides and back of this amazing animal. But the abdomen and paws of the echidna are covered with brown stiff hair. Needles protect this creature from attacks by predators. After all, echidna lives in an open area, where it is very difficult to find refuge and safely hide from enemies.
It was a list of the most prickly animals on Earth. Among them are many fairly harmless creatures. And these creatures need needles, spikes and thorns, first of all, in order to protect themselves from predators. Without this, they would be too vulnerable, and therefore completely unsuitable for survival.