TENTACLED SNAKE (Erpeton tentaculatus) ©National Geographic
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The tentacled snake uses its special appendages to detect fish in the water
Aside from its helpful adaptation, the tentacled snake (Erpeton tentaculatus) is a devastatingly effective hunter. Snakes are instinctively born knowing how to lure fish into a trap formed by their J-shaped body. The snake then startles the fish with a slight movement of the snake’s abdomen, initiating the fish’s escape instinct and manipulating it to drive the fish right into the snake’s mouth. If the fish takes an alternate path, the snake strikes at the location where the fish will be milliseconds later - even before the fish has started moving.