The sidewinder, a desert snake, is too slow to catch one of its favorite foods, the gecko lizard. It improvises for this shortcoming by burying its entire body in the sand except for the tip of its tail. The tail sticks out of the sand, imitating a lone blade of grass. When ants discover this potential source of food in the barren desert, they begin to explore it. This draws the gecko, tempted by its favorite food, the ant. While the gecko dines on ants, the sidewinder grabs the gecko from beneath the sand and eats the lizard!

Could the sidewinder have perfected this neat little trick by evolution? How did the snake learn that its tail could attract ants which would, in turn, attract geckos? How did the snake manage to pass this instinct along to its young? Both the skill and the instinct must have been imparted before birth, because snakes raised in captivity also know how to hunt this way. This intelligently designed relationship between three different desert creatures gives witness to the fact that there is one all-wise Creator who provides for His creation even after the Fall (when bloodshed and competition replaced the originally created harmony among creatures).

From A Closer Look at the Evidence by Kleiss, July 25.

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