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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 • “A mimic octopus is another great copycat. It can change its body to look like many toxic sea creatures. It copies different animals based on which predators are near. Did you know... Animals are expert mimics? "The leaf insect mimics the appearance of leaves on which it lives, which helps protect this critter from predators. • “Some mimics copy animals that are toxic. For example, coral snakes and milk snakes both have red, yellow, and black stripes. But coral snakes are deadly. Milk snakes aren't. Predators can't tell them apart. So they stay away from both!” • “For small insects, mimicking ants is a great defense. That's because ants bite, sting, and gang-up on their attackers. "The mimic octopus is the only known aquatic species to be able to impersonate an array of different sea animals". Mimicry can be a great way for animals to make new friends and learn new things. Some animals like songbirds and whales seem to imitate each others songs. Some animals shock predators with fake eyes or heads that are actually spots. These spots usually scare away attackers. They think these eyes are from a much bigger animal. The mimic octopus is the only aquatic species that's able to impersonate a variety of sea animals. Mimicry helps animals in a lot of ways. It can make a creature hard to see, it can confuse a predator, or it can attract attention. Not all ant mimics have to look like ants. Acting like them can work just as well. Moth caterpillars will imitate the body movements of snakes to scare off predators. Through an adaptation called "crypsis," a stick bug blends in so perfectly with its natural habitat that it often goes completely undetected by would-be predators. By: Kyle L. Wilson
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