Assassin Bug

Assassin Bug

Some of the creatures in the Hidden Jungle crevasse are easy to see. The white dots on the assassin bugs make them easy to spot. Look for one eating a cricket. The bug inserts its tube-like mouth into its prey and injects venom. The liquid kills the cricket, and the bug sucks up its meal.

That same venomous saliva is also the assassin bug’s defense. It sprays or spits at predators. Our keepers wear a clear plastic facemask whenever they work with the assassin bugs. This way they don’t get “assassinated!”

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