25 Incredible Camouflaged Animals

Posted by on October 15, 2012

While some animals are so dangerous that they don’t require hiding their presence, others rely on deception and camouflage to prevent themselves from meeting a fateful end at the hands (or the jaws) of one of their predators. See if you can spot any of these 25 incredible camouflaged animals hiding out in their natural habitats.


Bat Faced Toad

Bat Faced ToadTaken among the leaves of Amacayacu National Park in Colombia this bat faced toad is masterful at blending into its surroundings.

Common Baron Caterpillar

Common Baron CaterpillarImage SourceCommonly found in India and Southeast Asia, these caterpillars often blend into the mango plants on which they make their homes and quite often are a big headache to local farmers.


Dead Leaf Mantis

Dead Leaf MantisIt shouldn’t be too hard to see where this species of mantis got its name.

Mossy Leaf-Tailed Gecko

Mossy Leaf Tailed GeckoImage Source

Endemic to Madagascar, this gecko can not only change color to match its surrounding but it also has several dermal flaps that extend outwards to break up its outline.


Dead Leaf Butterfly

Dead Leaf ButterflyFound throughout tropical Asia, the dead leaf butterfly resembles a dry leaf with dark veins when its wings are closed.


StonefishImage Source

The stonefish is not only ridiculously good at concealing itself but it is also one of the most venomous creatures in the world.


Fantastic Leaf-Tail Gecko

Fantastic Leaf-Tail GeckoClosely related to the Mossy Leaf-Tailed Gecko, this little critter also makes its home in Madagascar and as you can see from the picture, its fairly obvious where it gets its name from.

Wolf Spider

Wolf SpiderImage SourceThese agile hunters will camouflage themselves against their surroundings and then wait patiently for their unfortunate victims.

Ghost Mantis

Ghost MantisMaking its home in Africa and Madagascar the ghost mantis operates in as very similar manner to the wolf spider, waiting patiently for its prey to stumble across its path.


PhyllomimusImage SourceMore commonly known as a leaf katydid, this photo was taken on Mt Trus in Borneo.

Great Grey Owl

Great Grey OwlIn spite of its large size, the great grey owl has no problem concealing itself, especially in the cold northern regions it typically inhabits.

Pale-Throated Three-Toed Sloth

Pale-Throated Three-Toed SlothAlthough sloths aren’t typically known for their camouflage, this photo taken in South America manages to make the sloth seems like a master of disguise.

Southern Rock Agama Lizard

Southern Rock Agama LizardFound mostly in South Africa, this species of lizard is known for its ability to blend into the surrounding rocks.

Leafy Sea Dragon

Leafy Sea DragonImage SourceClosely related to seahorses the leafy sea dragon can be found up and down the coast of Australia and is well known for the long leaf like protrusions it uses for camouflage.


Pygmy Seahorse

Pygmy SeahorseImage SourceAs a result of its small size and extreme level of camouflage this species of seahorse wasn’t discovered until the coral upon which it resides was closely examined in a laboratory.