Thursday, 16 September 2010

Reptilia vs Amphibia!

Toads have a very special defense mechanism to escape being
eaten- the pair pf parotid glands at the back of their heads 
produces poison! This liquid called Bufotoxin (Bufonidae is the
zoological name for the toad family) is produced when a toad
is in stress, and its potency varies from species to species. 
Although Bufotoxin is lethal to some animals, several predators of 
toads are immune to the poison, and manage to make a merry 
meal out of their warty prey.

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