Animal Defenses

Verb increase the volume of
The Proboscis Monkey is named for its large protruding nose. When the animal becomes agitated its nose swells with blood, amplifying their warning calls.
Noun something that discourages acting or proceeding
Skunks are legendary for their powerful deterrent --a hard-to-remove, foul smelling spray. They simply lift their tail and blast their foe.
Adjective difficult to find or catch
The giant stingray, elusive and understudied, possesses a large whip-like tail armed with a razor-sharp stinger.
Noun poison that acts on the nervous system
Among the most venomous of snakes, the king cobra can deliver enough neurotoxin in a single bite to kill 20 people, or even an elephant!
Noun well known for some undesirable feature, quality, or act
The Black widow is notorious for its bite, as its venom is reported to be 15 times stronger than that of a rattlesnake.
Verb spring forward or move down on as if in an attack
The African Assassin Bug hunts by covering itself with the dead body of a past meal. When unsuspecting prey approaches the decoy, the hunter pounces.
Verb produce and release a substance
A threatened ladybug secretes an unappetizing substance to protect itself.
Noun striking or impressive sight
The Dumbo octopus is quite the spectacle -- looking like a gelatinous ghost with two floppy ‘lil ear-thingies' on top. Mind it doesn't squirt you though, as its ink is toxic.
Adjective causing serious harm or death
A 5 cm (2 inch) golden poison dart frog packs enough punch to kill 10 men --more toxic than the king cobra.
Noun physical damage to the body
The Bullet Ant’s sting causes waves of throbbing, mind-blowing trauma that doesn’t stop for 24 hours.