The surprising reasons animals play dead - Tierney Thys
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Every class of vertebrate, as well as many arthropods, play dead—and each species has its own distinct way of doing it. From male spiders that feign death to avoid sexual cannibalism by their mate to the pygmy grasshoppers that stick out their spines to avoid being swallowed, Stephen M. Rogers and Stephen J. Simpson provide a terrific overview of this last-resort behavior, including how it works and its evolutionary significance.
To learn how to induce TI in sharks, cats, chickens and rabbits, check out Can You Hypnotize a Shark? There’s a dark side to this capability. In cases of sexual assault, when the aggressor induces immobility in the victim, this involuntary response can be misinterpreted in court as silent consent. For more on that, read this article from Scientific American.
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