When potential predators corner some creatures, the prey strikes out with sharp claws. Other prey, like hagfish and short-horned lizards, take a more...interesting approach to self-defense. The hagfish covers itself with a slime that clogs the gills of predators, and the short-horned lizard shoots blood (which stings the eyes of its enemies) from valves that are located near its eyes. These bizarre facts and more are contained in this installment of the "Blazers: Animal Weapons and Defenses" series. This book contains vivid photographs and graphics and is written in a simple, conversational tone, which is appropriate both for its intended audience and for older readers (even adults). Teachers, parents, and students alike will appreciate the "Fierce Facts," the helpful glossary and index, the "Read More" section (which lists other books of a similar subject), and the "Internet Sites" section (which supplies readers with a code that, when entered into the kid-friendly FactHound web site, provides lists of other critter-loving web sites).