Squirt blood from your eyes!

This is some super power… and yet it was in the minority: 40% of the audience chose to squirt blood from their eyes. But enough chit chat, I know what you really want, LET’S SEE THIS IN ACTION.

The Texas Horned Lizard (Phrynosoma cornutum)

Nuts right? The texas horned lizard can collect blood beneath its eyes and squirt it in the face of an attacker. There appears to be an irritant in the blood too, as studies have found that foxes squirted by blood from a horned lizard were less likely to try and attack one again. When scientists put horned lizard blood over mice, the foxes would act irritated too – shaking their heads.

While squirting blood from your eyes isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, it is an incredible adaptation to help defend yourself against much larger, faster predators.

Things to Say
Some super power. The texas horned lizard can squirt blood from their eyes! Photo: Ken-ichi Ueda

Back to the questions!
What you didn’t choose: Having colourful genitals

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Sherbrooke, W. C., & Middendorf Iii, G. A. (2004). Responses of kit foxes (Vulpes macrotis) to antipredator blood-squirting and blood of Texas horned lizards (Phrynosoma cornutum). Copeia, 2004(3), 652-658.