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A female ornate box turtle (Terrapene ornata ornata) at Nebraska Wildlife Rehab.

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A western plated lizard (Broadleysaurus major bottegoi) at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, Jacksonville, Florida.

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A western plated lizard (Broadleysaurus major bottegoi) at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, Jacksonville, Florida.

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A western plated lizard (Broadleysaurus major bottegoi) at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, Jacksonville, Florida.

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A western plated lizard (Broadleysaurus major bottegoi) at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, Jacksonville, Florida.

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A puffing snake (Pseustes poecilonotus) at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, Jacksonville, Florida.

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A puffing snake (Pseustes poecilonotus) at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, Jacksonville, Florida.

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A puffing snake (Pseustes poecilonotus) at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, Jacksonville, Florida.

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A puffing snake (Pseustes poecilonotus) at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, Jacksonville, Florida.

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A puffing snake (Pseustes poecilonotus) at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, Jacksonville, Florida.

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A puffing snake (Pseustes poecilonotus) at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, Jacksonville, Florida.

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An Amazon tree boa (Corallus hortulanus hortulanus) at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, Jacksonville, Florida.

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The two color phases of the Amazon tree boa (Corallus hortulanus hortulanus) at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, Jacksonville, Florida.

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An Amazon tree boa (Corallus hortulanus hortulanus) at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, Jacksonville, Florida.

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The two color phases of the Amazon tree boa (Corallus hortulanus hortulanus) at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, Jacksonville, Florida.

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A Madagascar night snake (Madagascarophis colubrinus pastoriensis) at the Plzen Zoo in the Czech Republic.

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A Henderson’s anole (Anolis hendersoni) at the Plzen Zoo in the Czech Republic.

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A Henderson’s anole (Anolis hendersoni) at the Plzen Zoo in the Czech Republic.

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A Henderson’s anole (Anolis hendersoni) at the Plzen Zoo in the Czech Republic.

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A Henderson’s anole (Anolis hendersoni) at the Plzen Zoo in the Czech Republic.

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A Gran Canaria giant lizard (Gallotia stehlini) at the Plzen Zoo in the Czech Republic.

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An East African spiny-tailed lizard (Cordylus jonesi) at the Plzen Zoo in the Czech Republic.

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An Andaman day gecko (Phelsuma andamanense) at the Plzen Zoo in the Czech Republic.

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Southern hognose snakes (Heterodon simus) in red and white color phases, at a private collection.

These individuals are “playing dead”, a common defense tactic for this species as some predators don’t want to touch something that’s sick, dying or dead.

This species is listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.

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A southern hognose snake (Heterodon simus) in red and white color phases, at a private collection.

This individual is “playing dead”, a common defense tactic for this species as some predators don’t want to touch something that’s sick, dying or dead.

This species is listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.

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Southern hognose snakes (Heterodon simus) in red and white color phases, at a private collection.

These individuals are “playing dead”, a common defense tactic for this species as some predators don’t want to touch something that’s sick, dying or dead.

This species is listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.

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A southern hognose snake (Heterodon simus) in red and white color phases, at a private collection.

This individual is “playing dead”, a common defense tactic for this species as some predators don’t want to touch something that’s sick, dying or dead.

This species is listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.

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A southern hognose snake (Heterodon simus) in red and white color phases, at a private collection.

This species is listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.

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A southern hognose snake (Heterodon simus) in red and white color phases, at a private collection.

This species is listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.

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A southern hognose snake (Heterodon simus) in red and white color phases, at a private collection.

In many frames, they are shown “playing dead”, a common defense tactic for this species as some predators don’t want to touch something that’s sick, dying or dead.

This species is listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.

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A salt marsh water snake (Nerodia clarkii clarkii) at a private collection.

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A salt marsh water snake (Nerodia clarkii clarkii) at a private collection.

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A Florida keys corn snake (Pantherophis guttatus rosacea) at a private collection.

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A Florida keys corn snake (Pantherophis guttatus rosacea) at a private collection.

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A Baird’s ratsnake, Eastern Mexican grey headed form, (Pantherophis bairdi) at a private collection.

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A Baird’s ratsnake, Eastern Mexican grey headed form, (Pantherophis bairdi) at a private collection.

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