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If you’re a wild animal, you might spend your days actively trying to NOT become another animal's dinner. And some animals have come up with some pretty bizarre strategies to stay safe.

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Sources:
Assassin bugs
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/this-insect-uses-its-victims-carcasses-as-camouflage-83656246/?no-ist
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1469-7998.2007.00335.x/full
http://www.cell.com/trends/ecology-evolution/fulltext/S0169-5347(02)02519-3#back-BIB1

Moths
http://www.life.umd.edu/faculty/wilkinson/honr278c/PDF/Miller01.pdf
http://science.sciencemag.org/content/325/5938/325.abstract
http://jeb.biologists.org/content/215/24/4278.short
http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/2013/05/13/moths-superhearing-evolved-to-escape-bats/

California ground squirrels
http://www.pnas.org/content/104/36/14372.full
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/squirrel-hot-tail-tell-snakes/

Bombardier beetle
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgqF-ND2XcY
http://news.mit.edu/2015/how-bombardier-beetles-produce-defensive-spray-0430
http://science.sciencemag.org/content/348/6234/563

Black-capped chickadees
http://science.sciencemag.org/content/308/5730/1934
http://www.washington.edu/news/2005/06/23/chickadees-alarm-calls-carry-information-about-size-threat-of-predator/
http://www.raptorsoftherockies.org/html/chickadee%20overview.pdf
http://octavia.zoology.washington.edu/publications/BergstromAndLachmann01.pdf

Triggerfish
http://www.arkive.org/queen-triggerfish/balistes-vetula/
http://pubs.iclarm.net/libinfo/Pdf/Pub%20SR76%207.pdf
http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/fish/triggerfish/

Boxer Crab
https://www.deeperblue.com/creature-feature-not-quite-muhammed-ali/
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022098113002827

Hagfish
http://jeb.biologists.org/content/209/4/702.long
http://jeb.biologists.org/content/208/24/4613.long
https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=uBXTCQAAQBAJ&pg=PA259
http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/2014/04/22/hagfish-slime-animals-science-weird-fish/
http://www.nature.com/articles/srep00131
https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=FyehAR6hsUUC&pg=PA235

Thomson’s gazelles
https://www.jstor.org/stable/4600191?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0003347203003531

Ground beetle larvae
http://io9.gizmodo.com/5842323/this-beetle-larva-tricks-its-predator-into-becoming-prey
http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0025161

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