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Desert-Dwelling Animals in Strange and Stunning Photos

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Honeypot Ants

Honeypot ants make their homes in the deserts of New Mexico and Arizona, where they feed on nectar by collecting it from outside the colony, keeping it in their stomach until they regurgitate it back at home for their families.

But not all of these ants give up their nectar so easily: Some of the members of the colony -- called repletes -- fill up specifically to protect the group in case of a drought, acting as "living storage pots," according to the Oakland Zoo.

But since the repletes' skin can't go back to its original shape after being stretched to accommodate the extra nectar, many of these ants die after helping the colony survive.

Photo via ThinkQuest

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