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There’s Something About This Snake You Don’t Realize. Just Wait Until You See What It Is.

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Anyone who’s ever been to Halloween party knows that some costumes are better than others. There’s the guy with the store-bought Mario costume and then there’s the one who hand-made a Transformer from scratch. But this thing puts all of them to shame.

Because Dynastor darius darius is a mind-bending master of disguise.

This is the dynastor darius darius. It looks like a snake… but it’s definitely not.

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It’s actually a caterpillar.

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You’re telling me that’s a caterpillar?!

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Yes! A native of Trinidad, this bizarre creature takes on a distinctive looks while in the pupal stage. In order to protect its cocoon from predators, it makes itself look like a fearsome predator.

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Specifically, it camouflages itself as a pit viper. Now that’s a costume!

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For a period of 13 days, the caterpillar uses this outfit to protect itself while it goes through the amazing change into a butterfly.

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What’s more, the pupa can still sense movement and threats while in this stage. When this happens, it waves wildly back and forth, creating the impression that this “snake” is alive.

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Nature, you crazy.

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Source: Nerdist

The caterpillar will eventually emerge as a brown butterfly with white spots across its wings. But none of it would be possible if not for some pretty amazing camouflage!

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