Strange Snake Larva

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See this picture?

This is NOT a snake! It is NOT even a reptile.

This is the larva of the Hemeroplanes triptolemus moth. In its larval form it is capable of expanding its anterior body segments to give it the appearance of a snake, complete with simulated eyes. It’s mimicry extends even to the point where it will harmlessly strike at potential predators.

This is what the adult moth looks like:

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There are some wondrously strange things in this world!

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