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Wildlife Conservation Society

African Crested Rat (1 of 2)

Caption: The African crested rat is the only mammal known that acquires its poison from a plant. The rodent masticates the poisonous bark of the Acokanthera tree and applies the mixture to its flank hairs, which absorb the poison like candle wicks.

Credit: Susan Rouse

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