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The threat displays of non-threatening animals are kind of adorable
By: Robert T. Gonzalez | io9 | Image Credit: Bird and Moon Comics

Or they are, at least, in the hands of nature cartoonist Rosemary Mosco, creator of Bird and Moon Comics.
To the animals that wield them, however, warning coloration, aggressive poses, and intimidating anatomical features can mean the difference between death and a last-minute escape – even (or, perhaps, especially) when those animal are bluffing.
See more of Mosco’s work at Bird and Moon Comics.

Note that though the snake is shaking it’s tail like a rattlesnake, it is not illustrated with a rattle, so many readers of the original article, as well as myself, have concluded it is most likely a non-venomous snake that imitates rattlesnakes as a defense mechanism.  
What kind of other creatures do you know of that have amusing defense mechanisms and/or threat displays?

The threat displays of non-threatening animals are kind of adorable

By: Robert T. Gonzalez | io9 | Image Credit: Bird and Moon Comics

Or they are, at least, in the hands of nature cartoonist Rosemary Mosco, creator of Bird and Moon Comics.

To the animals that wield them, however, warning coloration, aggressive poses, and intimidating anatomical features can mean the difference between death and a last-minute escape – even (or, perhaps, especially) when those animal are bluffing.

See more of Mosco’s work at Bird and Moon Comics.

Note that though the snake is shaking it’s tail like a rattlesnake, it is not illustrated with a rattle, so many readers of the original article, as well as myself, have concluded it is most likely a non-venomous snake that imitates rattlesnakes as a defense mechanism.  

What kind of other creatures do you know of that have amusing defense mechanisms and/or threat displays?

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