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Tango0129 Jan 2016 12:44 p.m. PST

"Let me get real about amphibians: The things are cocky. They're so much bigger than their helpless prey—things like worms and insects—that they tend to indiscriminately snatch up anything that's a manageable size.

But like the Mighty Ducks rose up to defeat the seemingly unbeatable Team Iceland, one beetle has evolved to put amphibians in their place. As larvae, beetles of the genus Epomis actually entice frogs and toads and salamanders to attack them, then whip around and sink their huge, hooked jaws into the attackers, slowly draining the life out of them. When the larvae transform into adult beetles, they get right back to it, only now they dispatch amphibians even more brutally. Like, a kind of brutality that involves snipping a frog's leg muscles so it can't escape…"

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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian29 Jan 2016 1:06 p.m. PST

ugh

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP29 Jan 2016 1:15 p.m. PST

Gotta eat! :)

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP29 Jan 2016 1:25 p.m. PST

Something he disagreed with ate him.

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