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Beetles escape alive after almost 2 hours in a toad's stomach

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Shinji Sugiura BOMBARDIER beetles can spend almost 2 hours wallowing in the stomach juices of a toad, and still escape alive. The beetle squirts so much hot, toxic fluid into the toad’s stomach that the animal is sick, ejecting the beetle to freedom. Shinji Sugiura and Takuya Sato of Kobe University in Japan fed bombardier beetles (Pheropsophus jessoensis) to toads. Forty-three per cent of the beetles escaped, some after 107 minutes. Bombardier beetles famously produce jets of hot, corrosive and toxic chemicals from their rear ends when threatened. To find out if this is how they escape,