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9 facts about animals you wish you didn't know

These animals have some nasty habits. Here are 9 facts about animals you wish you didn't know.

Read on at your own risk.

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Sloths have a reputation for laziness, but these easy-going mammals could be the world's best recyclers, suggests a new study that finds the poop of three-toed sloths attracts moths that colonize sloth fur and lead to nutritious "algae gardens," which the sloths eat.

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Capybaras are the largest rodents in the world. They also eat their own feces.

This disgusting habit helps them extract the maximum amount of nutrients from their food. It also aids the creatures to help digest their cellulose-heavy diet.

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Next time you pick up a vanilla candy, think twice. A chemical compound used in vanilla flavored foods and scents comes from the butt of a beaver.

Castoreum comes from a beaver's castor sacs, located between the pelvis and base of the tail. Due to its proximity to the anal glands, the slimy brown substance is often mixed with gland secretions and urine, National Geographic reported.

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Litoria platycephala or water-holding frogs can be found in most Australian states. These frogs may look innocent at first glance, but after they bury themselves into the sand they form a mucus cocoon from their own external skin. During especially dry weather periods, they resort to eating their flesh in order to save energy and obtain additional nutrition.with its external skin during periods of hot, dry weather.

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These pesky bugs regurgitate their food and eat it again. Mmm.

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A Hagfish defends itself by releasing a disgusting slime from its pores that envelops and suffocates its enemies.
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Besides eating rotting corpses, turkey vultures use their own urine to clean themselves. Also, when the big birds encounter a predator and it is too full to fly, they vomit to empty their stomachs.

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This animal has one of the most disgusting defense mechinism. The horned toad squirts blood out of its eyes when in danger.
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Don't let this cute bird fool you. The Hoopoe will squirt poop at its enemy when threatened.
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9 facts about animals you wish you didn't know

These animals have some nasty habits. Here are 9 facts about animals you wish you didn't know.

Read on at your own risk.

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