Mimicry

Mimicry

Mimicry: The Art of Looking Like Something You're Not

 
Animal mimicry is the type of adaptation displayed by animals that closely resemble other animals, plants, and even rocks and wood.

You can see a remarkable example of mimicry in the matamata turtle. The shell and skin of this turtle precisely copy the color and texture of a waterlogged piece of dead wood or bark that has settled to a river bottom. As a fish approaches what it perceives to be a harmless object, the motionless turtle snap up its prey in a fraction of a second.

Fun Facts

People used to think that hippos sweated blood. They do not. Instead, hippo skin secretes red hipposudoric acid, which works like a sunscreen to protect the sparsely haired beast from the burning rays of the sun.
Fun Fact - hippo

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