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For questions about natural defenses of a species, whether those came to be through evolution or some kind of intelligent design. Do not use this tag for defensive equipment designed by members of a species.

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What kind of shell would protect against a a stabbing/piercing weapon on a predator's tail?

I'm making a fictional planet with a realistic ecosystem and I'm making a herbivore that is a shelled herd animal and is a main prey target for a carnivore which uses a barbed tail as a weapon. Its ...
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Could ossicone-horns be useful?

Ossicone-horns would, as the name implies, combine ossicones and horns. Specifically, they would be branched like an antler or more complex ossicone, but with the end-segments being covered in a sharp ...
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What happens to my candy-creatures when they get wet and how do I stop it?

Dilithoids or as I call them candy-creatures are the lowest animals on the food-chain on my arid alien planet. What distinguishes them from other alien fauna is their simple body plan and their ...
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How good is a magnetite sand defence really?

I've been considering filling my alien world with a plethora of magnetic creatures, all of which use magnetism in unique and creative ways. Of course these creatures are only going to be one genus, ...
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What are some realistic locations for a secure location high above the ground?

I am trying to work out whether it is realistic to have a collection of locations throughout a near future Earth, that are high above the ground (eg. sky, trees, buildings) but secure and either not ...
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What kinds of creatures would likely evolve in this enviroment

In my verse there is one planet which is very warm and typically dry, deserts of black sands or large stone plateaus, outside of the area around rivers and on the lush sides of mountains. This also ...
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How and why would the sea-scorpion wound those who hold it?

The sea-scorpion is an average-sized sea creature resembling a terrestrial scorpion, and which has a rather unique feature: Despite an apparent lack of spines, claws, or other obvious methods of ...
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Reinforcing a fused ribcage to be more bullet resistant, how?

So, dragons, wyverns, gryphons, bird people, pterosaurs, etc... Every flier shares the problem of toughness (the lack of it) when compared to grounded creatures. The only path we can go down on is ...
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Could an electric discharge from a sac similar to the electric eel be useful on a land animal

So lets say a animal could gain electricity through the same process as a electric eels. It be able to discharge itself of that stored electricity. Would that be useful on a land based animal for ...
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Why would a dragon's underbelly be so vulnerable?

So, a common trope when it comes to dragons is that their underbellies and necks are vulnerable and covered with soft scales, whereas the back, head, and sides are very hard to damage. But why would ...
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what modifications or methods need for flying monster to withstand thunderstorm?

so i want to create a monster that dwell or fly inside thunderstorm as their defense mechanism, though they do goes down to get food, i want to know what method or modifications need for creature to ...
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What chemicals or modifications are need for a biological creature to be able to develop as natural/organic suicide bomb?

So in my world there’s a creature as big as a common rodent or as big as a rabbit in size. They live in packs, usually burrowed, but occasionally come to surface to get food. The alpha male is tasked ...
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What organs or modifications are need for a biological creature to develop lethal force as a poop machine gun?

so i want to know What organs or modifications are need for a biological creature to develop lethal force as a pooping machine gun. something like how skunk spray their stinky odor as defense ...
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Why would a berry have a slow-acting poison?

Plant poisons in our world (that I'm familiar with) have operational half-lives in the order of seconds to maybe a day to reach full effects. This is because poisons are a defense mechanism and work ...
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Is acid blood possible?

I'm designing an alien species, whose blood is highly acidic and can easily cause someone's hand to melt down. It's pretty similar to the Xenomorphs from Ridley Scott's Alien, except for the color ...
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Gastric acid as a weapon

The dragons in my fantasy world spit fluid from their mouths when threatened, which upon contact causes a burning sensation. I could have this liquid be standard venom, like modified saliva, but I ...
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How can I launch a projectile to hit something in orbit, using only geological structures and power sources?

As an ancient organism whom currently occupies a large chunk of a planet beneath the surface, I have a pesky issue with an invasive species. These humans have decided to colonize my home, mistaking it ...
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Could an animal species fire solid projectiles as a defense? [duplicate]

Projectile weaponry is not unheard of in the animal kingdom - cobra venom, venomous spider silk, velvet-worm slime, scalding water from bombardier beetles, archerfish spitting water, penguins ...
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How to make a bear resistant to Medieval weaponry?

In my story there will be animals that are incredibly strong and resistant to injury. To better understand how to design my creatures, I'm asking for help understanding how to make the Eurasian Brown ...
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What is the best way to defend a small colony of about 200 people [closed]

What would the most best way to protect a small colony against let's say a another colony. Or to prevent some natural disaster that you didn't think would be a threat or you didn't know about until ...
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Bovinae immune to predators

Given an unlimited time to evolve: what are the best ways to make any wild bovinae immune to its natural predators like the classic big felines (lions or tigers) and most reptiles (crocodiles or ...
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Could a creature evolve a biological "bulletproof vest"?

A variety of Earth species have hard, more or less rigid shells covering parts of or their entire bodies as a defense against predators. These work to a varying degree depending on the specific ...
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