August 11, 2011
Weekly Beast: Short-Horned Lizard
The short-horned lizard wins our prize for most disgusting personal habit. Some species of this lizard defend themselves from predators by squirting blood from their eyes -- for up to five feet! The lizards make the blood vessels burst by restricting blood flow from their heads. Gross.
Want to learn more? Check out the book Bloody Horned Lizards (Gross-Out Defenses) by Lori Haskins Houran.