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Monday, August 31, 2015

25 Animals That Use Camouflage To Potentially Fool You

Animals that use camouflage in the wild have a huge advantage since one of the best ways to survive is to hide from danger. Though some animals may choose to hide in peculiar places such as underneath rocks, inside trees, inside caves etc. There are animals that will literally hide in plain sight! By using incredible camouflage skills, these animals not only evade danger but may also become a danger themselves by seizing unaware prey. After all, you can’t run from what you can’t see. From arctic foxes hiding in the snow to leafy sea dragons blending into the ocean currents these are 25 Animals That Use Camouflage To Potentially Fool You!

Stone Flounder

These flat fish are really good at blending into the bottom of the ocean.

Waterfall Frog

Not surprisingly, this Australian tree frog is found around streams and waterfalls.

Hooded Grasshopper

Native to India, these grasshoppers feed on tree leaves and can be real pests.

Leaf Tail Gecko

This nocturnal gecko is endemic to the island of Madagascar.

Leafy Sea Dragon

Good luck spotting this creature in a patch of Australian sea grass.

Blunt Stretch Spider

Found throughout Europe and Asia, it’s rare to catch a glimpse of one of these guys.

Flower Mantis

This mantis got its name for obvious reasons!

Stonefish

 You may remember this fish from our “25 Most Dangerous Animals In The World” list. It’s sting is fatal to humans.

 

Leopards

Fish and insects aren’t the only creatures that are good at blending in.

Dead Leaf Butterfly

When it folds its wings, you would have a hard time distinguishing this butterfly from a dead, crumpled leaf.

Common Baron Caterpillar

Feeding mostly on mangos, these caterpillars are often considered pests.

African Scops Owl

This sub-Saharan owl is difficult to spot due to its small size, camouflage, and odd behavior.

Cuttlefish

Despite the name, cuttlefish are not actually fish. They are mollusks, and smart ones at that. Studies have shown that their brain to body ratio is very high among invertebrates.

Chameleon

Chameleons don’t just change color to blend in, they do it to communicate as well.

Mimic Octopus

This Indo-Pacific octopus is a master at mimicking and imitating other animals.

Scaphiophryne spinosa

Endemic to Madagascar, this frog is threatened by habitat loss.

Egyptian Nightjar

At night the Egyptian nightjar lies silent on the ground, concealed by its plumage.

Leaf Katydid

Most katydids exhibit characteristics of mimicry or camouflage, primarily resembling that of leaves.

Agama Lizard

The most common lizard in Africa is also one of the best at camouflage.

Pygmy Seahorse

The smallest seahorses in the world are so good at camouflage that they were only discovered when one of their hosts was being examined in a laboratory.

Wolf Spider

These solitary predators are agile and have great eyesight but also don’t mind waiting patiently and using their camouflage to trick their prey.

Ghost Mantis

This miniature African preying mantis is known for its leaf like body.

Stick Insect

Found all over the world, their scientific name is derived from an ancient Greek word meaning “apparition” or “phantom” because they are so hard to spot.

Arctic Fox

Common throughout the Arctic, these foxes blend into some of the most extreme environments on the planet.

Great Potoo

These tropical birds are so good at camouflage that you would have a hard time knowing they were there if it weren’t for their distinctive call.





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