6. A master of shapeshifting
The mimic octopus is a true master of deception, as it can take the form of several different creatures, including lion-fish, sea snakes and stingrays!
7. What a hoot
Humans aren’t the only guys around who think an owls large, glaring eyes are creepy. Owl moths have developed frighteningly accurate eye markings on their wings to scare away any potential threat.
8. A venom-free doppelgänger
Coral snakes are the most venomous snakes in North America. Luckily, this isn’t one of them. kingsnakes are nonvenomous snakes that actually prey on other snakes (including vipers), but while they are immune to venom, they are vulnerable to larger predators. By appearing like the lethal coral snake, they can fool hunters into leaving them alone.
9. Wriggly bait
The alligator snapping turtle is a more aggressive type of mimic, as it uses its tongue to imitate an innocuous worm. Any fish that tries to take a bite will find itself being on the bitten end, instead.
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