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The Masters Of Natural Camouflage

Written by Lex Basu
Updated: September 27, 2022
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Key Points

  • Being able to blend in to the surrounding is a quality that helps animals escape predators and live peacefully.
  • Chameleon is not the only creature in the world that can adapt to their surroundings, albeit they are one of the most successful ones.
  • Animals such as the Arctic Fox, Octopus, Lion etc. have mastered the skill of blending in while they wait for their prey and go undetected by predators.

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 defenses 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 color. Most species though have evolved to have certain colorations 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:

An Arctic fox standing attentively in a snowy habitat.
The Arctic fox has white fur in winter months to blend in with its surroundings.

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A flounder laying flat on the sandy ocean floor.
The flounder’s scales act as camouflage that makes it difficult for both predators and prey to detect it against the muddy or sandy ocean bottom.

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An octopus blending in with the surrounding reef habitat.
Octopuses can change the color of their skin as a common defense tactic that is used to help evade predators.

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An okapi walking through a forested area.
The Okapi’s coloration along with the horizontal, white striped markings on their hind quarters and legs provide it with excellent camouflage in the dense jungle.

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A lion crouching in tall grass.
Lions have light markings on their coats which help them go unseen when stalking prey in long grass.

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A pool frog sitting on the edge of a pond surrounded by vegetation.
The pool frog’s camouflage colors allow it to blend in with the environment and evade hungry predators.

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Summary

Here is a list of animals that are good at blending in:

NumberAnimal Name
1Arctic Fox
2Flounder Fish
3Oktopus
4Okapi
5Lions
6Pool Frog

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About the Author

Lex is a green-living, tree-hugging, animal-lover, who at one time was the mother to twenty one felines and one doggo. Now she helps pet owners around the globe be the best caretakers for their most trusting companions by sharing her experience and spreading love.

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