Insect doppelgängers

Defensive tactics

One of the most powerful survival strategies in nature is the ability for certain animals to be poisonous or venomous. Both of these employ chemicals that make the creature toxic to others. Poisonous creatures generally use their toxins in a defensive nature- for example, many toads secrete toxins and are harmful when consumed. Venomous creatures, on the other hand, inject their toxins through bites or stings. These toxins can be very effective at distracting, disabling, or even killing the victim. Because of this effectiveness, these creatures are usually avoided by predators that are in search of easy prey. Some poisonous and venomous creatures…


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