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?
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?
3. Who's there?
This small rodent blends in with the rocky surroundings hiding in plain sight from would-be predators.
4. Hiding from prey
This cheetah is hoping to avoid detection of his next snack.
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.
Not just a random shot in the desert, this large giraffe somehow disappears into the image.
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.
8. Snow White
How many ptarmigans can you spot? Hint: there are at least six blending in with the Manitoba snow.
9. Lazy cat
A snow leopard relaxes on the rocky terrain almost completely unnoticeable.
10. Excuse me?
One of the more difficult to see of the group, this well hidden gecko is enough to startle just about anyone.
11. Can you spot the snipe?
A well-hidden snipe hides among the grass along a Minnesota stream.
How many of these could you spot right away? Some are definitely harder than others.