Books > Inspired by NaturePL > Back Off, Buddy! (38) More files... World Book, ISBN: 978-0-7166-3708-0 - Ugh! Yuck! and Whoa! series
The world is full of animals with strange shapes, dangerous defences, and bizarre habits. The Ugh! Yuck! and Whoa! series highlights the most extreme among them: the grossest, the deadliest, and the ugliest! Learning about lesser-known creatures they may never have seen before helps children to better understand ecosystems and the natural world.

Back Off, Buddy! is all about animals with crazy defences, or ways to stay safe from harm. Some bite, some spray, some hide, and some sting. Look inside to learn about how some of the coolest and craziest ways that animals protect themselves!
Bombardier Beetle (Pheropsophus jessoensis) protecting itself by ejecting a boiling, noxious chemical spray, Nagasaki, Japan.  -  Nature Production
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Nature Production / Bombardier Beetle (Pheropsophus jessoensis) protecting itself by ejecting a boiling, noxious chemical spray, Nagasaki, Japan.
Buff-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) worker bee flying to Cowslip (Primula veris) flowers. UK, April.  -  Stephen Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Buff-tailed Bumblebee (Bombus terrestris) worker bee flying to Cowslip (Primula veris) flowers. UK, April.
Striped Skunk (Mephitis mephitis) drinking from wetland lake at night, Fennessey Ranch, Refugio, Coastal Bend, Texas, USA  -  Rolf Nussbaumer
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Rolf Nussbaumer / Striped Skunk (Mephitis mephitis) drinking from wetland lake at night, Fennessey Ranch, Refugio, Coastal Bend, Texas, USA
Three banded armadillo {Tolypeutes tricinctus} in defensive ball. Captive, UK  -  Mark Payne-Gill
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Mark Payne-Gill / Three banded armadillo {Tolypeutes tricinctus} in defensive ball. Captive, UK
Three banded armadillo {Tolypeutes tricinctus} in defensive ball. Captive, UK  -  Mark Payne-Gill
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Mark Payne-Gill / Three banded armadillo {Tolypeutes tricinctus} in defensive ball. Captive, UK
Under threat a Fulmar chick defends itself with projectile vomit {Fulmarus glacialis} Fulmar in Norse means 'foul gull'. (Resolution restriction - image digitised from film, 'Weird Nature' tv series)...  -  Simon Wagen / J Downer Product
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Simon Wagen / J Downer Product / Under threat a Fulmar chick defends itself with projectile vomit {Fulmarus glacialis} Fulmar in Norse means 'foul gull'. (Resolution restriction - image digitised from film, 'Weird Nature' tv series)...
Sharp-ribbed newt (Pleurodeles waltl) emerging from water, Spain.  -  Klein & Hubert
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Klein & Hubert / Sharp-ribbed newt (Pleurodeles waltl) emerging from water, Spain.
Spotfin Burrfish (Chilomycterus reticulatus), Socorro Island, Revillagigedo Archipelago Biosphere Reserve / Archipielago de Revillagigedo UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site (Socorro Islands), Pacific...  -  Claudio  Contreras
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Claudio Contreras / Spotfin Burrfish (Chilomycterus reticulatus), Socorro Island, Revillagigedo Archipelago Biosphere Reserve / Archipielago de Revillagigedo UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site (Socorro Islands), Pacific...
Lionfish (Pterois volitans) Indonesia.  -  David  Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Lionfish (Pterois volitans) Indonesia.
Yellow bellied toad (Bombina variegata) showing underside, Kirchheimbolanden, Germany. Meetyourneighbours.net project.  -  MYN  / Dirk Funhoff
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MYN / Dirk Funhoff / Yellow bellied toad (Bombina variegata) showing underside, Kirchheimbolanden, Germany. Meetyourneighbours.net project.
RF - Green-and-Black Poison Dart Frog (Dendrobates auratus) inside bromiliad. Boca Tapada, Caribbean slope, Costa Rica, Central America. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty...  -  Nick Garbutt
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Nick Garbutt / RF - Green-and-Black Poison Dart Frog (Dendrobates auratus) inside bromiliad. Boca Tapada, Caribbean slope, Costa Rica, Central America. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty...
Rusty patched bumblebee (Bombus affinis), female, worker, Wisconsin, USA, September. Critically endangered species. Meetyourneighbours.net project  -  MYN / Clay Bolt
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MYN / Clay Bolt / Rusty patched bumblebee (Bombus affinis), female, worker, Wisconsin, USA, September. Critically endangered species. Meetyourneighbours.net project
RF - Strawberry Poison Frog (Oophaga pumilio). Central Caribbean foothills, Costa Rica. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)  -  Alex  Hyde
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Alex Hyde / RF - Strawberry Poison Frog (Oophaga pumilio). Central Caribbean foothills, Costa Rica. (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
Crested porcupine (Hystrix cristata) Italy  -  Klein & Hubert
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Klein & Hubert / Crested porcupine (Hystrix cristata) Italy
Golden poison dart frog (Phyllobates terribilis) captive, endemic to Colombia. This species is the most poisonous frog in the world, with one milligram of the Batrachotoxin to kill between 10 to 20 hu...  -  Edwin  Giesbers
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Edwin Giesbers / Golden poison dart frog (Phyllobates terribilis) captive, endemic to Colombia. This species is the most poisonous frog in the world, with one milligram of the Batrachotoxin to kill between 10 to 20 hu...
Malayan pangolin (Manis javanica) curled up in a defensive ball. Endangered species.  -  Roland  Seitre
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Roland Seitre / Malayan pangolin (Manis javanica) curled up in a defensive ball. Endangered species.
Giant pangolin (Manis gigantea) walking along ground, Tanzania.  -  Mike Wilkes
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Mike Wilkes / Giant pangolin (Manis gigantea) walking along ground, Tanzania.
Grass snake (Natrix natrix) feigning death, Poitou, France, May.  -  Daniel  Heuclin
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Daniel Heuclin / Grass snake (Natrix natrix) feigning death, Poitou, France, May.
Close up of a pill woodlouse (Armadillidium vulgare) curled up, UK.  -  Stephen  Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Close up of a pill woodlouse (Armadillidium vulgare) curled up, UK.
Pill woodlouse (Armadillidium vulgare) Maine-et-Loire, France, August, meetyourneighbours.net project  -  MYN / Marc Pihet
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MYN / Marc Pihet / Pill woodlouse (Armadillidium vulgare) Maine-et-Loire, France, August, meetyourneighbours.net project
Marbled electric ray (Torpedo marmorata) Bouley Bay, Jersey, British Channel Islands.  -  Sue Daly
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Sue Daly / Marbled electric ray (Torpedo marmorata) Bouley Bay, Jersey, British Channel Islands.
Southern three banded armadillo (Tolypeutes matacus) walking through shallow water, Pantanal, Caceres, Mato Grosso State, Brazil.  -  Luiz Claudio Marigo
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Luiz Claudio Marigo / Southern three banded armadillo (Tolypeutes matacus) walking through shallow water, Pantanal, Caceres, Mato Grosso State, Brazil.
Texas Coral Snake (Micrurus tener) head portrait, Sabal Palm Sanctuary, Lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas, USA, September. meetyourneighbours.net project  -  MYN / Seth Patterson
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MYN / Seth Patterson / Texas Coral Snake (Micrurus tener) head portrait, Sabal Palm Sanctuary, Lower Rio Grande Valley, Texas, USA, September. meetyourneighbours.net project
Frilled Lizard (Chlamydosaurus kingii) with its neck frill out as a threat display. Queensland, Australia, November.  -  Dave Watts
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Dave Watts / Frilled Lizard (Chlamydosaurus kingii) with its neck frill out as a threat display. Queensland, Australia, November.
Texas Horned Lizard (Phrynosoma cornutum), adult standing up. Laredo, Webb County, South Texas, USA, April.  -  Rolf Nussbaumer
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Rolf Nussbaumer / Texas Horned Lizard (Phrynosoma cornutum), adult standing up. Laredo, Webb County, South Texas, USA, April.
Fulmars (Fulmaris glacialis) nesting on cliff ledge,  Hunstanton, Norfolk  -  Ernie Janes
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Ernie Janes / Fulmars (Fulmaris glacialis) nesting on cliff ledge, Hunstanton, Norfolk
Pfeffer's Flamboyant Cuttlefish (Metasepia pfefferi) West Papua, Indonesia, April 2007  -  Tim Laman
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Tim Laman / Pfeffer's Flamboyant Cuttlefish (Metasepia pfefferi) West Papua, Indonesia, April 2007
Bombardier beetle (Brachinus explodens) UK, Carabidae  -  Stephen Dalton
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Stephen Dalton / Bombardier beetle (Brachinus explodens) UK, Carabidae
Armadillo girdled lizard (Cordylus cataphractus) coiled up in defensive posture in person's hand. Elands Bay, South Africa  -  Miles Barton
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Miles Barton / Armadillo girdled lizard (Cordylus cataphractus) coiled up in defensive posture in person's hand. Elands Bay, South Africa
Japanese five lined skink {Eumeces japonicus} with its tail that it has broken off by itself, Japan  -  Nature Production
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Nature Production / Japanese five lined skink {Eumeces japonicus} with its tail that it has broken off by itself, Japan
Spear / Bleeker's Squid {Loligo bleekeri} larva secreting ink, captive, Japan  -  Nature Production
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Nature Production / Spear / Bleeker's Squid {Loligo bleekeri} larva secreting ink, captive, Japan
Japanese Giant Hornet {Vespa mandarinia japonica} Japan  -  Nature Production
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Nature Production / Japanese Giant Hornet {Vespa mandarinia japonica} Japan
Common opossum {Didelphis marsupialis} playing dead as defence strategy  -  Phil Savoie
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Phil Savoie / Common opossum {Didelphis marsupialis} playing dead as defence strategy
Close up of Moorish gecko {Tarentola mauritanica} showing tail regrowth, Italy  -  Fabio Liverani
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Fabio Liverani / Close up of Moorish gecko {Tarentola mauritanica} showing tail regrowth, Italy
Fire bellied toad {Bombina bombina}  -  Adrian Davies
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Adrian Davies / Fire bellied toad {Bombina bombina}
Chocolate labrador retriever after encounter with Porcupine, USA.  -  John Cancalosi
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John Cancalosi / Chocolate labrador retriever after encounter with Porcupine, USA.
Three banded armadillo {Tolypeutes tricinctus} uncurling from defensive ball  -  Mark Payne-Gill
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Mark Payne-Gill / Three banded armadillo {Tolypeutes tricinctus} uncurling from defensive ball
Inflated spotted porcupinefish (Diodon hystrix), Maui, Hawaii.  -  David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Inflated spotted porcupinefish (Diodon hystrix), Maui, Hawaii.