The rattle on a Rattlesnake is an adaptation that:
attracts a mate.No. Snakes do not hear airborne sounds, so another snake would not hear the rattle.
attracts mice and other prey animals.No. Like other animals, mice would be frightened away by the rattle.
warns predators to stay away.Yes! The sound of a Rattlesnake's rattle is a warning that the snake will bite to defend itself.
helps the snake hide.No. There is nothing about the rattle that would serve as camouflage or help the snake hide.
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SC.5.L.17.1 Compare and contrast adaptations displayed by animals and plants that enable them to survive in different environments such as life cycles variations, animal behaviors and physical characteristics.
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