Honors College Theses

Publication Date



Biology (B.S.B.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (restricted to Georgia Southern)

Faculty Mentor

Christian L. Cox


Predator prey interaction are a major driver of morphological evolution. These interactions lead Mole skinks to use antipredator traits to avoid predation. The Mole skink uses decoy coloration to draw predatory attacks to less lethal parts of their bodies. We studied the difference in coloration of the decoy tail used by Mole skinks. We wanted to know if red or blue was the more beneficial autotomous tail color in open or closed habitat types. We found that the red tail color was the more effective decoy and that having a blue tail may be a liability in open habitats.