Horned Toad

Out in the West Texas desert live these interesting looking creatures called Horned Frogs.  They don't bite and are very well liked by most people who live here because they eat bugs.  They are spiky and have a protective mechanism where they inflate themselves to twice their original size to look bigger and more offensive. They are preyed upon by hawks, roadrunners, snakes, lizards, dogs, wolves and coyotes.  Some also shoot blood from their eyes.  This blood travels a distance of up to three feet and confuses would be predators.  It also contains a chemical which is noxious to dogs, wolves and coyotes. So, although they don't bite, you might want to refrain from picking one up lest it tries to "confuse" you!

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