Amazing Animal’s Camouflage: Beware, I’m Spying At You! Can’t You See Me?
Camouflage is a method that animals use to deceive their predators by either adjusting their coloration, blending themselves with the environmental surrounding, or hiding in order to maintain their survivals and to hide from the captive of the predators.
Pygmy sea horses
These pygmy seahorses (Hippocampus bargibanti) are masters of disguise. They camouflage perfectly that you may have ignored of their existence. They’re only observed on gorgonians (sea fans) of the genus Muricella.
Can you spot a cheetah from this picture? No doubt, he’s beautifully camouflaged amongst this dry grass. Beware; this cheetah is fixing his eyes on something beyond! This most primitive of cat is the fastest land animal, reaching speeds of up to 100km/hour over a short distance.
Look closely! Something is moving!
Dead leaf insect
This dead leaf mantis (Deroplatys desiccate) is well camouflaged amongst some leaf litter, almost invisible.
This leaf insect (from the family of Phylliidae) is demonstrating its excellent ability to blend with the color of the leaf. It is one of the best examples of leaf mimic.
This leaf mimic katydid is very well-camouflaged with a dying leaf. It just looks like a decomposing leaf. Its exceptional resemblance to a decomposing leaf is remarkable; this helps it to trick its prey as a potential meal.
This is another leaf insect (Phyllium giganteum) which shows a perfect leaf imitation. The mimicking skill enables this species to camouflage itself amongst the leaves very well.
Unlike other cuttlefish, this cuttlefish is very unusual as it can change its color and texture to defend itself from being attacked. Like other sea creatures, this cuttlefish must learn to protect itself from any potential dangers.
Robust ghost pipefish
This robust ghost pipefish (Solenostomus cyanopterus) is particularly fond of blending itself deep down the seabed. Like octopus, nudibranchs, cuttlefish and other marine life, learning to hide is a compulsory lesson for this incredible animal. It just looks like a blade of sea glass, which shows the best camouflage found in nature.
Indonesians mimic octopus
This Indonesian mimic octopus is just like a miraculous creature. It has an extraordinary talent to turn virtually any color or pattern by taking on the features and shapes of other animals or surroundings. Though it looks spotted and brown, but it can mystically change from ghost white to brilliant blue or mysterious pink or fiery red. This ability seems not to be owned by many octopi which are known to change their texture or color.
You can see a toad in almost every place. The toad is good at using its mimicry camouflage to adapt within the natural environment where it’s dwelt in. The coloration enables it to blend perfectly with dead wood or leaf litter on the forest floor. When it’s half buried within the leaf litter, this toad is virtually invisible. As a predatory, the toad uses its camouflage to effectively capture its prey.
The wings of this butterfly look like leaves particularly when they’re folded up. This butterfly looks brilliant as it knows how to make use of its leaf-like wings as camouflage against its prey.
Ibex is a species of wild goat found primarily on slopes and rocks, and on high mountain meadows of Europe, north eastern part of Africa and Asia. They’ve huge back-curving horns. Could you spot the three hidden Ibexes? They’re well camouflaged among the steep rocky slopes of a mountainous habitat.
Pink soft coral crab
This pink soft coral crabs or Hoplophrys oatesii crabs are about 0.5cm in size. They camouflage pretty well in their hosts by eating the polyps and by pulling branches over their bodies. Their color is almost the same as the surrounding polyps as they match perfectly with them until it’s almost impossible to see the crabs in this picture.
Flounder is a flatfish that dwells on the bottom of the ocean. It’s another wonderful master of camouflage and it blends perfectly with the mud or sand. While burying its body beneath the sand or mud, it’ll feed on anything swimming close to it.
Rock Ptarmigan chick
This rock ptarmigan chick is usually well camouflaged in its surroundings. It may just use its “cunning trick” to disappear from the sight.
Flower crab spider
Flower crab spider is a fascinating spider that uses its body to protect and camouflage itself. You could hardly look for flower crab spider as it hides perfectly among the flowers.
This flathead fish prefers to burry itself in the mud bottom or weed-free sand for camouflage, leaving only its eyes poking out above the sand or mud.
Wobbegong camouflages while waiting for its prey. The cryptic coloration of lines, blotches, spots and the unique lobes of skin on the side of its head also help its camouflage deep down the seabed.
Flat-tailed horned lizard
This flat-tailed horned lizard (Phrynosoma m’callii) camouflages almost perfect with the sand color. This natural camouflage helps this iguana-like reptile to survive in desert terrain particularly to avoid itself from being detected by the predator.
This spotted scorpionfish (Scorpaena plumier) displays the camouflage with the coral reef. While staying in motionless, it lies to wait for prey to swim by and then it’ll swallow its target by lunging forward. The natural camouflage also helps itself to surrounding rocks or algae by adjusting its coloration.
Green lynx spider
The bright green coloration helps green lynx spider camouflage when it’s in foliage. This excellent camouflage helps it to blend well with the environment. This hunter then uses this camouflage to hide among shrubs and flowers and to ambush its prey including bees, moths, and butterflies.
Blue Ringed Octopus
The Blue Ringed Octopus uses its camouflage to hide among the rocks. Whenever it’s threatened, the small iridescent blue rings will appear all over the surface of its skin that is served as a warning to its predator.
Leafy sea dragon
Sea creature like leafy sea dragon also likes to blend with the surrounding, just like his other companions dwelling underwater. It mimics a bunch of undulating undersea fronds which can camouflage extremely well amongst sea weeds and corals.
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