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Why Play Dead?

Rethinking what used to be obvious

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9:38am, October 24, 2006

Gary Gerald studies animal movement, so when two female brown snakes in the lab had babies, he wanted to see them in motion. He watched them crawling on a solid surface, then moved the youngsters to water in a modified gutter. But the system didn't work as planned for the newborn snakes.

"I would pick the little guys up and drop them right in the water, and right when I dropped t

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