The struggle to survive isn't always a fair fight.
A slim, flexible tail anchors the greensnake to a limb while it sways like a branch within inches of unsuspecting prey.
A stretchable ligament lets the greensnake’s small mouth open wide when it strikes.
With its leafy color, the greensnake can mimic summer foliage almost as well as the katydid can.
Powerful legs are good for launching away from an oncoming attack.
The tree-dwelling katydid’s green wings look like leaves and spread like sails when danger appears.
The katydid can launch and fly, but it mainly depends on its green color and leaf-shaped wings to hide it from predators. The sneaky greensnake wins.
Angie Daly Morfeld
Nichole LeClair Terrill