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For each of the terms, tell how each functions as an antipredatory adaption and give a non-human example (bastesian mimicry, misdirection, chemical repulsion, surprise, disruptive coloration, and removing telltale evidence).

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Batesian mimicry
?Batesian mimicry is when a harmless species look like dangerous ones
?So, a predator that has encountered the dangerous one will think twice before initiating an encounter with an individual with similar visual traits.
?Batesian mimicry is found in venomous coral snakes and the harmless milk and king snakes of the New World. Both snakes are marked with alternating yellow, red, and black bands causing possible predators to avoid both. (however, your professor may want you to use an example discussed in the text or in class)

Misdirection
?Misdirection is an adaptation that focuses a predator's attention on a non-critical portion of the body
?Once the predator is distracted to the non-critical body part, the prey lashes out in some way.
?Some snakes use their blunt tails to mimic the head, holding up, coiling or even striking out with their tails. Pipesnake's tails are flattened to resemble cobra hoods. The real head is hidden within their coils, ready for a counterattack. (however, your professor may want you to use an example discussed in the text or in class)

Chemical repulsion
?The chemicals released by the prey result in a not so pleasant aroma that an attacker will never forget.
?The dart frog also uses chemicals (poisons secreted from its skin) to deter ...

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The functions as an antipredatory adaption and give a non-human example (bastesian mimicry, misdirection, chemical repulsion, surprise, disruptive coloration, and removing telltale evidence) are determined Prey adaption functions are discussed.

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