Howlett's Newt

September 28th, 2009

This seems to be turning into Weird Creatures Week. Yesterday it was the freaky-looking leopard gecko, today it's the turn of the Spanish ribbed newt:

Like the X-Men's Wolverine extending his claws, the Spanish ribbed newt slashes through itself with its sharp rib bones to create defensive spines, according to a new study.

Now I'm afraid to look at the internet tomorrow, for fear of what hideous, spiny creature I'm going to read about next…

[Via kottke.org]

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