Mexican milk snake (Lampropeltis triangulum annulata, left) and highly venomous Texas coral snake (Micrurus tener, inset). | Public Health Image Library and L.A. Dawson, Wikimedia Commons (inset)

Ways to Fake It Till You Make It

Faking out predators and prey by mimicking another specie has been a plot line in nature for millions of years.

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Monarch (right) and Viceroy (inset) butterflies. | Clinton & Charles Robertson, Wikimedia Commons; Piccolo Namek, Wikimedia Commons(inset)
Hawk and turkey vulture (inset) | Snowmanradio, Wikimedia Commons; George D. Lepp/Corbis
Rye and wheat (inset). | LSDSL, Wikimedia Commons; Kurt Stueber, Wikimedia Commons (inset)
Yellow-throated and orange-throated side-blotched lizards. | Davefoc, Wikimedia Commons; Chris Brown, USGC (inset)
Spotted hyena carrying her cub. | Joe McDonald/Corbis
Passionfruit flower | ZSM, Wikimedia Commons