I have enjoyed learning about the Gaboon viper, although from a distance. So, seeing this article on Google Now made sense to me:
One of these is a deadly viper. The other is a harmless toad. Can you tell the difference?
The Gaboon viper caught my attention because of it’s long fangs and it’s awesome color patterns. If you look closely, the pattern goes across the scales so that individual scales have to have multiple colors. They have such incredible speed with a strike yet they are relatively slow to travel with their whole body.
This article talks about a frog that has a body shaped like the Gaboon’s head and with the same color markings. That ought to be enough to keep an enemy from messing with the frog, but it takes it to a whole different level. It has even let out a snake-like hiss.
You can read the original article in The Journal of History.
The thing that amazed me about the article (both articles actually) is their conclusion:
“Further, given their close evolutionary history (both evolved between 4 million and 5 million years ago) and the fact that the toad is found only in locations where the viper is present, it’s likely that the toads and vipers coevolved together, the authors write.”
Rather than think that these creatures just happened, I choose to believe that, as the Bible says, a single creator designed them all. A God that designed both of these creatures to look alike just makes sense!
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:(Romans 1:20)
If we look at it from the Bible’s point of view, the Bible clearly says that it was God who created these animals:
Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee:(Jeremiah 32:17)
When we see things like this in the world around us, their existence should point us to give glory to God:
O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.(Psalms 95:6)