25 Animals That Use Camouflage To Potentially Fool You

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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!

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As you can see, the camouflage skills of these animals is so intense, that they could literally be right beside and you would have no clue. Especially the walking stick…just take a look at that thing (if you can find it). In fact, do you want a challenge? Try to look at the 25 images and see if you can tell where the animal is located. Some are easy to see like the leopard or the Arctic fox, however others are a bit more challenging (i’m looking at you #20). Do you think you can spot all 25 camouflaged animals? If you can, feel free to share this with your friends and see if they can spot all 25 camouflaged animals. And for more animals that use camouflage click here.

25

Stone Flounder

Stone FlounderSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

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

24

Waterfall Frog

Camouflaged Waterfall FrogSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

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

23

Hooded Grasshopper

Camouflaged Hooded Grasshopper in grassCamouflaged Hooded Grasshopper in grass | Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

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

22

Leaf Tail Gecko

Camouflaged Leaf Tail GeckoSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

This nocturnal gecko is endemic to the island of Madagascar.

21

Leafy Sea Dragon

Camouflaged Leafy Sea DragonCamouflaged Leafy Sea Dragon | Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

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


20

Blunt Stretch Spider

Camouflaged Blunt Stretch SpiderCamouflaged Blunt Stretch Spider Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

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

19

Flower Mantis

Flower Mantis camouflagingSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

This mantis got its name for obvious reasons!

18

Stonefish

Camouflaged StonefishSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

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

17

Leopards

LeopardsSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

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

16

Dead Leaf Butterfly

Dead Leaf ButterflySource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

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

15

Common Baron Caterpillar

Common Baron CaterpillarSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

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

14

African Scops Owl

African Scops OwlSource: wikipedia, Image: ian_white via flickr

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

13

Cuttlefish

Camoufalged CuttlefishCamoufalged Cuttlefish | Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

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.

12

Chameleon

ChameleonSource: wikipedia, Image: pixabay

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

11

Mimic Octopus

Mimic OctopusSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

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

10

Scaphiophryne spinosa

Scaphiophryne spinosaSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

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

9

Egyptian Nightjar

Camouflaged Egyptian NightjarSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

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

8

Leaf Katydid

Leaf KatydidSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

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

7

Agama Lizard

Camouflaged Agama LizardSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

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

6

Pygmy Seahorse

Camouflaged Pygmy SeahorseSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

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.

5

Wolf Spider

Wolf SpiderSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

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

4

Ghost Mantis

Camouflaged Ghost MantisSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

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

3

Stick Insect

Camouflaged Stick InsectSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

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.

2

Arctic Fox

Arctic FoxSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

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

1

Great Potoo

Great PotooSource: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

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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