Chemical Warfare (Part III)

Deep in the rainforests, the most experienced chemical specialists are found. These creatures are able to both secrete and spray their concoctions at others, whether they be predators or prey.

For the velvet worm, this is an elementary feature. They can grow up to 6 inches in length and have many short legs. Although they are slow to move, their true danger lies in their oral tubes found underneath their antennae. These tubes act as cannons, shooting out streams of sticky slime made of proteins that quickly harden on whatever they hit. When the prey has been immobilized, the velvet worm tears into the victim’s exoskeleton and injects digestive enzymes, turning the prey into a smoothie.