The trap-jaw ant has an interesting defense mechanism built into its jaws. To get away from a predator, the trap-jaw ant pulls back its mandibles with muscles which snaps a latch in place and locks its jaws at 180 degrees. Other muscles are then turned on and the jaw remains open via latch mechanisms. In order to use its jaws to catapult itself away from the predator, muscles are triggered which pull the latches out and releases stored energy. The jaws can discharge at an amazing 145 miles per hour, while the strike only lasts .13 milliseconds. 

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