List o’ 10 Cool Cases of Animal Camouflage

List o' 10 Extraordinary Examples of Animal CamouflageJust like plants, animals have evolved stunning characteristics and brilliant mechanisms for defending themselves passively. Whether it�s the ability to change color or actually resemble other objects, the wondrous ways in which animals camouflage themselves from predators is fascinating.



10. Ghillie Sniper

List o' 10 Extraordinary Examples of Animal Camouflage: Ghillie snipe

The Ghillie Poncho allows one of the deadliest predators on the planet – man – to camouflage into many natural environments, whether brush, forest or snow. Although this is not a naturally occurring camo, it is interesting to see how man has adopted through invention the powers that nature has bestowed on animals.

9. Lynx

List o' 10 Extraordinary Examples of Animal Camouflage: lynx

The lynx has the perfect colour coat for the forests that it inhabits. Until it moves, it’s almost impossible to distinguish between cat and tree.

8. Copperhead Snake

List o' 10 Extraordinary Examples of Animal Camouflage: copperhead snake

Copperhead camouflage is so effective that they will just sit still rather than flee (not that they know it, its is probably an evolved instinctive behavior), so the first threat display from the well hidden copperhead is to give a dry bite, making them unusual for pit vipers. These little guys would really rather just be left alone.

7. Fox

List o' 10 Extraordinary Examples of Animal Camouflage: Desert Fox

Animals may adapt coloring to suit their environments; or they may be able to change color at a moment�s notice. For many furred animals such as wild foxes, leopards and wolves, seasonal color changes help them protect themselves.

6. Dead Leaf Butterfly

List o' 10 Extraordinary Examples of Animal Camouflage: dead leaf butterfly

The leaf butterflies look brilliant when their wings lay flat � they come in all manner of colors and shapes. But when their wings fold up they look like leaves � sometimes green, sometimes brown, as if fallen and dead. The likeness to a dead leaf is nothing short of remarkable. They live in forested, lush areas like New Guinea, southern Asia, Madagascar and India.

5. Mimic Octopus

List o' 10 Extraordinary Examples of Animal Camouflage: Mimic Octopus

The Indonesian Mimic Octopus has a unique ability to turn virtually any color or pattern. This chameleon of the deep has a unique and remarkable ability to mimic other aquatic creatures in order to avoid predation. It is naturally brown and spotted but has been seen in every hue from ghost white, as shown above, to brilliant blue and fiery red or mysterious pink. Though many octopi are known to change color and skin texture, only the Mimic Octopus can take on the shape and features of other animals and surroundings.

4. Cuttlefish

List o' 10 Extraordinary Examples of Animal Camouflage: Camouflaged cuttlefish in the rocks

The unusual cuttlefish can change colors and textures to defend itself passively. The fish can go from camouflage tans and browns (top) to yellow with dark highlights (bottom) in less than a second, and uses this ability to hide and/or sneak up on its prey.

3. Malaysian Orchid Mantis

ist o' 10 Extraordinary Examples of Animal Camouflage: orchid-mantis

The luxurious and seemingly fragile orchid is one of nature�s most revered blooms. In reality, it�s a rather hardy bromeliad, and there are thousands of different varieties. This Malaysian Orchid Mantis has cleverly adapted to resemble the striking white orchids of the region.

2. Leafy Sea Dragon

List o' 10 Extraordinary Examples of Animal Camouflage: leafy-sea-dragon

Sea creatures are particularly fond of blending in. From nudibranchs to the octopus, from cuttlefish to many other brilliant fish, marine life has learned to hide. Future posts in this series will take you on an underwater journey to see these incredible animals, and here is another peek. The leafy sea dragon looks like a bunch of undulating undersea fronds or a stray kelp thicket.

1. Lion

List o' 10 Extraordinary Examples of Animal Camouflage: lion

From insects to reptiles, amphibians to mammals, many animals are camouflaged � giraffes, zebras, lions, tigers, coyotes and the majority of female birds typically display coloring that suits their environs and helps them hide. The lioness here was briefly captured on film before disappearing into the savanna.

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