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Turtles can act like chameleons to deceive predators and prey alike

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posted on Dec, 14 2009 @ 08:06 AM
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Turtles can act like chameleons to deceive predators and prey alike


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They collected gravid female midland painted turtles and red-eared sliders from the wild, brought them to the lab, and injected them with oxytocin, a hormone that induces egg laying.

They assigned the hatchlings to two control groups, which they kept for 160 days on either a white or a black substrate, and to two "reversal" groups, which they kept for 80 days on white or black and then switched to a substrate of the opposite colour for another 80 days.

The researchers periodically used a spectrometer to measure the colour intensity of spots on each turtle's carapace and head.

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posted on Dec, 14 2009 @ 08:06 AM
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Yea.

This story creeps me out in the sci fi type of fashion.

All the Icke talk of reptilians camouflaging in with the human environment makes me wonder if a super intelligent evolved bi pedal reptile is out among us seeking whom he may destroy.

All kidding aside to be able to camo in line with a squid is very interesting.

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[edit on 14-12-2009 by whiteraven]



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