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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...

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Watch How They Do It

This video shows the Eastern screech owl blend into its natural surroundings in order to hide itself...

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 ...

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Stick Insect Camouflage

Watch how the stick insect becomes undetectable due to its looks...

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...

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Caterpillar Camouflage

This one deceives the eye for sure...

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...

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Pygmy Seahorses: Masters Of Camouflage

Tiny and delicate, pygmy seahorses survive by attaching to vibrant corals where they become nearly invisible to both predators and researchers...

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...

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The Spider Camouflaged...

The colour of this spider makes it inconspicuous...

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...

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California Tree Frog Camouflage In Natural Habitat

The California tree frog has extremely cryptic camouflage that seems to mimic the granite rocks that it inhabits...

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!

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Black Gecko Camouflage

Watch how this black gecko sticks to the tree trunk and pretends to be a part of it...

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...

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Katydid, The Leaf Bug

You are sure to think it's a leaf...that is until it starts moving...

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...

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Snow Leopard In Ladakh

As the Snow Leopard hides behind a rock, one can barely spot it...

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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The Great Potoo Camouflage

Watch this video to know how baffling the Great Potoo is in the way it camouflages...

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