Nature is truly incredible. One of the best survival techniques is the art of disguise, and these camouflage animals are born with the ability to blend perfectly into their surroundings.
Some of the best camouflage animals
You all probably have searched for something and couldn’t find it, even though it was right in front of your nose. Then, when someone points it out to you, they’ll say the phrase, “If it were a snake, it would’ve bit you.” That’s because snakes are well known for being masters of disguise. But not all camouflage animals are dangerous. For many of them it is simply a defense mechanism that keeps them from getting detected by something that wants to eat them. Next time when you take a stroll in nature, take a close look around, because you’ll never know where one might be hiding in plain sight. Take a look at the photos and see if you can spot them all. If you have trouble with it, simply scroll down where we point them out for you.
“If it were a snake, it would’ve bit you.”
Can you spot the snake in this photo? Not all snakes are brown, green, or checkered as you know. Their natural texture differs with the geographical regions they are native to.
The ability to be one of the camouflage animals does not only give them the advantage in their hunt for prey. Like all reptiles, snakes are cold-blooded. Which means they need warmth for their bodies to function properly. Therefore it also enables them to take a sunbath without being detected.
Find the spider
When you see a cobweb there is usually a spider nearby. As you know, spiders make webs to catch their prey. As soon as an insect is caught in the net, the spider comes out of nowhere to wrap its victim. Not all spiders make webs. There are also many spiders that go out on hunts, lurking, waiting, and jumping on the unsuspecting. Both, web spiders and hunter spiders need a way to hide from their prey as well as other predators. You might also enjoy reading about Nature’s scary side of life and death.
Did you find it? On to the next one. Find the spider. Hint. It’s called a wrap around spider. When you’ll see it you’ll know why.
Spot the grasshopper
Camouflage animals love to hide in the greenery. Like this grasshopper for instance. It like to eat on animal feces and nibble on plants. The long legs are designed to hop away in great distances, but they won’t do it much good while it is surrounded by leaves. With a color matching those leaves it can hide from potential predators while filling its stomach. Another of their features for disguise are their eyes. Their compound eyes are made up of thousands of tiny eyes, with each facing a different direction. Yet they are disguised enough to be easily mistaken as part of the plant matter.
It’s just a twig?
You really need to pay attention to see that this is not just an ordinary twig that is part of the plant. When you come across a walking little stick, don’t assume it is just a stick that is being carried off by a troop of ants. It may very well be a stick insect. I think it is one of the best camouflage animals in existence.
Don’t hold me to it, because there might be better ones yet. I just have not seen any others whose bodies matched a twig this close. Have you? You might also enjoy reading: Nature’s tiny animals.
Spot the caterpillar
This caterpillar is the Celerio Sister caterpillar. It blends in perfectly with mossy tree trunks. Even its antennas are designed to look like part of the moss. Unless you are planning to hike through a rainforest or cloud forests at elevations ranging from 300 to 2,000 meters, you will not have much luck finding them. Once this caterpillar turns into a butterfly, its camouflage will be gone. But, by then, it will be able to fly away instead of just crawling slowly along the trunk. It is Nature’s way to make sure they make it through childhood. After that, they are on their own.
Which one’s the gecko?
Is it just a dried up leaf, or is it a gecko? Geckos are masters of disguise in general with their ability to match their colors to their surroundings. This particular gecko is bizarre and fascinating at the same time. Its name is Satanic leaf-tailed gecko. As you can see, it has the incredible ability to resemble leaves. The “satanic” in its name comes from its ability to scare off predators in a way that makes it look like the devil himself. When faced with a predator, Satanic leaf-tailed geckos will “suddenly widely open their mouths, emit loud cries, show the reddish tongue and mucosa and try to bite,” says herpetologist Frank Glaw of the Bavarian State Collection of Zoology.
Squirrels are camouflage animals too
You wouldn’t think that squirrels can also disguise themselves. After all, we get to see plenty of them in parks and forests. But not all squirrels are the same. After all, there are about 285 species of squirrels, and they don’t all look alike. Some of them have the colors they need to perfectly their surroundings. So, next time you think you have heard something in the trees or around the rocks, it might just be a squirrel.
Where’s the ptarmigan?
When it comes to ptarmigans, they are equipped with camouflage feathers for every season. In the summer they are of a brownish and reddish color that lets them hide in any shrub or tree. To be of a brown color is of a great disadvantage in the winter where the snow falls. This is when the ptarmigan turns into a snow bird by changing its feathers to white. What is interesting is that even their feet are covered with feathers to keep warm in the cold regions they are native to.
Can you see me?
The colors of the owl and its ability to sit still makes the bird a master of disguise. But these are not the only factors that play a major role for the owl to blend in.
Sometimes, the owl mimics the patterns of its surroundings, which makes it even harder to be spotted by its prey. During the day, when it is sleepy time for this hunter of the night, the camouflage allows the bird to remain in plain sight without the slightest worry in the world.
Spot the toad
The love for bugs, flies, mosquitoes and other insects puts the living quarters of toads wherever there is water. But where there is water, there are also birds and sometimes even snakes who love to eat toads. This is where being part of the camouflage animals comes pretty handy for a toad. Their colors and patterns have adapted quite nice to their wet surroundings.
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