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11 animals that use odor as a weapon

By: Bryan Nelson on July 30, 2014, 6:20 p.m.

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These bugs got their name because of old wives' tales that tell of them burrowing into humans’ brains through the ear. Luckily, those tales are false, but these creepy-crawlies do have an equally repulsive trait. Some species can squirt jets of a foul-smelling urine-colored liquid from scent glands when threatened. They are capable of squirting this fluid and using their pincers at the same time