What is the difference between cryptic coloration and mimicry as a defense mechanism of animals?

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Mimicry is defined as similarity in coloration with other animals, whereas cryptic coloration is a colouring of an animal that helps to camouflage it in its natural environment.



Example of mimicry (other animals become confused thinking that both snakes are venomous).


Example of cryptic coloration (camouflaged reptile).