24 Mesmerizing Examples Of Animal Camouflage In The Wild

Published January 12, 2016
Updated July 1, 2020

When you try to find all 24 hidden critters in these photos, you'll understand why animal camouflage is such an effective tool for survival.

For animals that have developed it, camouflage is often their first line of defense against predators and their best offense to catch their prey. Today, we look at 24 astounding examples of camouflage that make animals perfectly blend in with their environment:

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Cheetah Cub

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A Cheetah cub hides among the tall grasses of the Kalahari Desert in South Africa.

Coyote

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The coat of a coyote lends itself to disguise in a snowy field in Washington, USA.

Bull Snake

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Native to North America, bull snakes use constriction to attack and kill their primary prey, rodents.

Impala

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An impala hides among vegetation in Chobe National Park, Botswana.

Blue Dacnis

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A blue dacnis rests in the flora in Panama.

Crab Spider

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Throughout the day, crab spiders will change their color scheme depending on where they're looking for prey. Here, a crab spider melds into the bark of a tree.

Lizard

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A lizard is virtually undetectable when hiding in verdant vegetation.

Frog

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This frog is nearly invisible against the backdrop of a grey tree.

Iguana

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An iguana hangs out among the flora of Costa Rica.

Baby Owls

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A group of owlets peer out from their nest on the side of a cliff.

Leafy Seadragon

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Found on the western coast of Australia, leafy seadragons use leaf-like protrusions to hide in the ocean.

Long Spinnered Bark Spider

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A long-spinnered bark spider disguises itself in tree bark to ambush prey in Masoala Peninsula National Park, Madagascar.

Mountain Lion

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A mountain lion takes a break in an alcove in the Rocky Mountains.

Owl Camouflage

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An owl makes perfect use of its surroundings to disguise itself.

Platypelis Grandis Frog

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A juvenile platypelis grands frog hides among the ground vegetation of a forest in Madagascar.

Queen Snake

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Found primarily in the southern United States, queen snakes reside by streams where they feed on their primary prey, fresh water crayfish.

Mossy Leaf Tailed Gecko

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The mossy leaf-tailed gecko is a professional when it comes to ambushing prey in the wild.

Seahorse

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Pygmy seahorses -- whose primary environment are the coral reefs of southeast Asia -- use their size (no longer than an inch long) and color to evade predators.

Spectacled Caiman

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A spectacled caiman -- a mid-size crocodile indigenous to South America -- hides itself in Venezuela.

Squirrel

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A California ground squirrel blends into the surrounding rocky environment.

Three Leaf Litter Toads

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Three leaf-litter toads blend into the forest floor in Panama.

Uroplatus Gecko Camouflage

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A mossy leaf-tailed gecko hides by blending into a tree trunk in a tropical forest in Madagascar.

White Tailed Ptarmigans

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White-tailed ptarmigans are perfectly adapted for the snowy confines of Manitoba, Canada.

Mediterranean Octopus

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A Mediterranean octopus uses its color and texture to mimic the ocean floor.


And if you enjoyed these photos of animal camouflage, check out our other posts on macro photography and animal camouflage in action!

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Alec
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Alexander is a cofounder of All That's Interesting with an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia in History and Economics and an MSc from the School of Oriental and African Studies in Economics. He specializes in American history, the Cold War, and true crime.
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Savannah Cox holds a Master's in International Affairs from The New School as well as a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and now serves as an Assistant Professor at the University of Sheffield. Her work as a writer has also appeared on DNAinfo.
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Baldwin, Alexander. "24 Mesmerizing Examples Of Animal Camouflage In The Wild." AllThatsInteresting.com, January 12, 2016, https://allthatsinteresting.com/animal-camouflage-examples. Accessed May 18, 2024.