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Animal Camouflage: Can You Spot Them Hiding in These Photos?

Photo Credit: Art Wolfe/Caters News Agency

A dictionary may describe camouflage as disguising one’s self in an effort to blend in with surroundings and avoid detection.

It’s one of nature’s most powerful and impressive self-defense mechanisms. Species of wildlife from all over the world employ various forms of camouflage in an effort to avoid predators, or sneak up on prey. For many of these animals, proper camouflage and hiding techniques could mean the difference between life and death, between being someone’s lunch or obtaining a meal for their tribe.

Below is a series of photos that offer a glimpse into just how good nature is at providing natural camouflage, that is if your eyes are sharp enough to notice. Can you spot the creatures in each of the photos below?

1. Hidden frog

Let’s start off with an easy one. Can you spot the from among the bark of the tree?

FrogBark
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2. Watch your step!

This spider is right at home blending in on the rocks. If we were taking this picture we would not be right at home. Wait. Is he looking at me?

Spider Rocks
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3. Who’s there?

This small rodent blends in with the rocky surroundings hiding in plain sight from would-be predators.

Rodent Rocks
Photo Credit: Art Wolfe/Caters News Agency

4. Hiding from prey

This cheetah is hoping to avoid detection of his next snack.

cheetah desert
Photo Credit: Art Wolfe/Caters News Agency

5. Hiding from predators

Hoping to survive another day, this impala’s tan color makes it hard to distinguish from the native grasses of Botswana.

Impala
Photo Credit: Art Wolfe/Caters News Agency

6. Peakaboo

Not just a random shot in the desert, this large giraffe somehow disappears into the image.

Giraffe Desert
Photo Credit: imgur

7. Can you see them? They see you!

This trio of owls is difficult to spot at first. But rest assured, they were well aware of you before you were aware of them.

Photo Credit: Lizard Martini via Flickr
Photo Credit: Lizard Martini via Flickr

8. Snow White

How many ptarmigans can you spot? Hint: there are at least six blending in with the Manitoba snow.

Ptarmigans
Photo Credit: Art Wolfe/Caters News Agency

9. Lazy cat

A snow leopard relaxes on the rocky terrain almost completely unnoticeable.

Snow Leopard
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10. Excuse me?

One of the more difficult to see of the group, this well hidden gecko is enough to startle just about anyone.

TreeLizard
Photo Credit: Art Wolfe/Caters News Agency

11. Can you spot the snipe?

A well-hidden snipe hides among the grass along a Minnesota stream.

BirdGrass
Photo Credit: Art Wolfe/Caters News Agency

How many of these could you spot right away? Some are definitely harder than others.

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Animal Camouflage: Can You Spot Them Hiding in These Photos?