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Apart from the spiders' cryptic coloration, the key adaptation to survival in the cover-free habitat seems utilization of underground space, i.
In the present study, clay models of the common garter snake were used to test for a difference in attack frequency between adult and juvenile striped and melanistic garter snakes; such difference may indicate a difference in cryptic coloration between the two morphs.
Using standard audio-visual survey techniques to collect biological information on this species has been difficult because of the low light levels encountered during the murrelet's early morning and late evening flights to nesting areas and because of the small size, cryptic coloration, and rapid flight speed of these birds.