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The Masters Of Natural Camouflage

The Masters Of Natural Camouflage

10th May 2011
A Chameleon

A Chameleon

The ability to blend into their surrounding environment is vital for the survival of numerous animal species around the world. Camouflage is one of nature's best defences as it allows animals to go completely unseen in their natural habitats, both helping to protect them from being eaten by predators and allowing them to sneak up on potential prey, without being spotted.

There are a number of ways that animals have used camouflage to adapt to their surrounding environments, with the most common example being that of some Chameleons having the ability to actually change colour. Most species though have evolved to have certain colourations and markings or even a special body shape, that help them to blend into their surroundings and here are some of nature's finest examples:


Leaf Bug
Leaf Bug

Arctic Fox
Arctic Fox

Flounder
Flounder

Malaysian Orchid Mantis
Malaysian Orchid Mantis

Mimic Octopus
Mimic Octopus

Owl Butterfly
Owl Butterfly

Okapi
Okapi

Lion Cubs
Lion Cubs

Pool Frog
Pool Frog

Polar Bears
Polar Bears