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20 Amazing Examples of Animal Camouflage

Survival can become a challenging task in the wild – especially if you’re smaller or slower than your possible predators. This is why many animal species have developed different ways to camouflage themselves throughout the course of evolution. Ways to camouflage differ depending mostly on three factors: the physiology and behavior of the animal, then those of the predator and the environment, in which the animal lives and hunts its food. Blending in with the environment is the most common approach.

Natural selection plays its part here as well: as the way in which an animal camouflages itself is determined genetically, every new generation adapts to its surroundings better. What usually happens is than an animal imitates the coloration of its natural habitat, although some species are known to be able to adjust their coloration. The most common example is a chameleon, although some furry animals and birds may loose their feathers and fur completely and replace it with a new one for a new season.

Surprisingly, sometimes the best way to camouflage oneself is to stick with the herd: for example, when a lion walk by a bunch of zebras, it only sees a big striped mass. Some fish that are covered in bright vertical stripes might also be clearly visible when alone, but if a large group of them swims by, a predator will see an unidentified colored blob. Without further ado, here are 20 amazing examples of animal camouflage. Can you find all the animals?

1. Owl

Image credits: eoiarucasadvancedone.blogspot

2. Uroplatus Geckos

Image credits: imgur | Jialiang Gao

3. Willow Ptarmigan

Image credits: Art Wolfe

4. Toads

Image credits: photography.nationalgeographic.com

5. Common Baron Caterpillar

Image credits: wohinauswandern

6. Seahorse

Image credits: imgur

7. Spider

Image credits: Piet Grobler

8. Adelpha Serpa Selerio Caterpillar

Image credits: Arthur Anker

9. Stick Insect

Image credits: phasmatodea.cz

10. Frog

Image credits: earthwatch2.org

11. Owl

Image credits: Art Wolfe

12. Tropidoderus Childrenii

Image credits: petrichor

13. Leaf-Tailed Gecko

Image credits: dailymail

14. Stone Flounder

Image credits: domhyde.wordpress.com

15. Great Potoo

Image credits: dailymail

16. Snow Leopard

Image credits: raghu chundawat

17. Katydid

Image credits: dailymail

18. Owl

Image credits: P A B S

19. Giraffe

Image credits: Art Wolfe

20. Hedgehog

Image credits: good-wallpapers.com

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  • http://www.facebook.com/jlbribeiro José Ribeiro via Facebook

    Lea :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/salihu.valon Valon Salihu via Facebook
  • http://www.facebook.com/birgit.kampehl BiKa Buntstift via Facebook

    die natur ist doch wohl das größte geschenk das wir haben!!!

  • YellowFellow

    The hedgehog one must have been a just-for-laughs.

  • Elina Arpiainen via Facebook

    nature, amazing

  • http://www.facebook.com/ytumer Yavuz Tumer via Facebook

    creepy!

  • http://twitter.com/Kirsaha1 Asa Gz Rz

    This make me Cry, love the nature

    • mahdi

      believe in god

  • Alicja Anna Trojan via Facebook

    świetne ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/ydarbo Daniel O’Brady via Facebook

    Where is # 16 (Snow Leopard) ?

    • http://www.mrnordstrom.com/ L. Daniel Nordstrom, or “D.”

      See my response above.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lisa.rahn.7 Lisa Rahn via Facebook

    This is so cool!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Na.ARMMY Armmy Wipada

    Amazing :)))

  • http://www.facebook.com/francis.bax1 Francis Bax via Facebook

    Amazing! Love the toads (4)!

  • http://www.facebook.com/berlinerinbabe Larissa Booth

    Chameleon?

  • Ivan Nôta

    Really amazing

  • kyliansay

    owl light is a beutiful animals for all must have been a just_for_laughs

  • SophieTheBagel

    Absolutely amazing.

  • http://www.mrnordstrom.com/ L. Daniel Nordstrom, or “D.”

    For future reference, the snow leopard only sticks his head out (seems to be sleeping)—in the center of the image vertically, about 1/3 into the image horizontally (from the left). It’s not white, it’s grey-ish like the rocks. Once you notice it, you can’t believe you didn’t see it at first.

  • Adinda Fauziah

    I can’t see where snow leopard is

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