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10 Amazing Animal Camouflages

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1. Eastern Screech Owls

The Eastern screech owl is a rare species of bird, which is famed for its mastery of the art of camouflage. It uses camouflage to ward off unwanted visitors and protect its nest. The feathers of an adult screech owl blend in perfectly with the bar...

2. Stick Insects

As its name suggests, the stick insect resembles the twigs among which it lives, providing it with one of the most efficient natural camouflages on the Earth. It belongs to the Phasmida order, of which there are approximately 3,000 species. Stick ...

3. Caterpillar

Many caterpillars have amazing designs and structures. Often their weird appearances can be explained in terms of their need to stay "invisible" to caterpillar-eating enemies, particularly birds...

4. Pygmy Seahorse Photo

The pygmy seahorse is undoubtedly one of the most well camouflaged species in the oceans, being extremely difficult to spot amongst the gorgonian coral it inhabits. So effective is this camouflage that the species wasn’t actually discovered until...

5. Spiders

Spiders have many predators. Often, the easiest way for an animal to defend itself from predators is to run away or hide. But, besides making webs, spiders also try to hide from their predators by blending in with the background...

6. Frogs

Frogs use camouflage to avoid predators while they sleep, call and feed. Frogs use cryptic colouration that fits their habitat and lifestyle, with canopy species tending towards greens, trunk-dwelling species using brown and grey shades and forest...

7. Geckos

We all know that chameleons change colour on a whim; however, did you know that some geckos (lizards found in tropical countries) can do the same? In fact, they are so good at it, that some of their species haven't even been discovered yet!

8. Katydids

Katydids are medium-sized to large insects. They are usually green, sometimes with brown markings. They have a thick body and long thin legs. The adults of some katydid species can fly and all katydids are camouflaged to blend with the leaves they...

9. Snow Leopard

The camouflage skills and stealthiness of the snow leopard are legendary (there's a reason the cats are known as the "ghosts of the mountains" in some parts of the world), and these skills are essential for survival in a barren, mountainous habita...

10. Great Potoo

The Great Potoo is a very large bird at 19 to 24 inches in length and weigh up to 1.4 lb. Its colouring is mottled light brown and light grey with some black thrown in and it also has large orange-yellow eyes. These bright eyes are the only way to...

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