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This toad imitates a viper to protect itself
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The Congolese giant toad shares its habitat with the most dangerous snakes of Africa. It can run into the water cobra, the Naja annulata, which can measure up to 2.7 m and whose venom is dangerously neurotoxic. To deceive predators, this amphibian has learned to pretend to be a poisonous viper from Gabon. It is a form of Batesian mimicry, that is to say when a harmless species takes on the appearance and behavior of a dangerous animal to protect itself. Photo credit: Eli Greenbaum
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