24 Mesmerizing Examples Of Animal Camouflage In The Wild

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 Circled

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

Coyote Circled

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

Bull Snake Circled

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

Impala Circled

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

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A blue dacnis rests in the flora in Panama.

Crab Spider Circled

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 Circled

A lizard is virtually undetectable when hiding in verdant vegetation.

Frog Circled

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

Iguana Circled

An iguana hangs out among the flora of Costa Rica.

Baby Owls Circled

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

Leafy Seadragon Circled

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

Long Spinnered Bark Spider Circled

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

Mountain Lion Circled

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

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

Platypelis Grandis Frog Circled

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

Queen Snake Circled

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 Circled

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

Seahorse Circled

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 Circled

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

Squirrel Circled

A California ground squirrel blends into the surrounding rocky environment.

Three Leaf Litter Toads Circled

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

Uroplatus Gecko Camouflage Circled

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

White Tailed Ptarmigans Circled

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

Mediterranean Octopus Circled

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

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History In The Making: SpaceX Just Completed The First Step Towards Colonizing Mars In Our Lifetime

NASA has been dealing with continued assaults on its budget for decades. With increased tightening of those purse strings (just this year, another $300 million were cut from its Earth science program alone, largely as a deliberate snub to its climate change investigations), the field of space exploration has opened up to private companies. Last night, one of those companies achieved a miracle.

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27 Astounding Pictures Of Animal Camouflage In Action

Over the course of millions of years of evolution, the inhabitants of Earth have devised some incredible abilities to ensure their survival. Case in point: The amazing camouflage that animals employ to surprise their prey or evade their predators. Below, we look at 27 incredible examples of animal camouflage in action:

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Leaf Tailed Gecko Circled

A Satanic Leaf-tailed Gecko is not only an expert at mimicking leaves and branches, it can also shed its tail to evade predators.

Giraffe Circled

A giraffe melts into the vegetation in Transvaal, South Africa.

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The American Pika -- a rodent native to the mountainous Western regions of Canada and the United States -- blends in against a rocky surface.

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Native to southeast Asia, the Baron Caterpillar's disguise allows it to feed on mango and cashew nut trees undetected by its predators.

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A Great Gray Owl -- the world's largest owl by length -- blends into a tree in Oregon.

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An Asian Vine Snake uses surrounding foliage adjacent to water to catch its primary prey, fish.

Leopard Circled

A leopard sits in the underbrush in South Africa's Kruger National Park.

Blue Crowned Parrot Circled

A Blue-crowned parrot disappears in the verdant rain forest of Belize.

Wolf Circled

A wolf peeks behind a tree during fall in Montana.

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The color and shape of the wings of the Brimstone Butterfly allow it to blend in perfectly with green vegetation while resting.

Buff Tip Moth Circled

The Buff-Tip Moth has developed an astounding camouflage that helps it to hide in plain sight among trees and branches.

Common Snipe Circled

A Common Snipe hides among riparian vegetation in Minnesota.

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A Great Horned Owl hides among autumn foliage in Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, Oregon.

Wolf Spider Circled

Found on every continent on the planet, Wolf Spiders are opportunistic predators that will use their surroundings to ambush their prey.

Great Potoo Circled

A nocturnal creature, the Great Potoo hides during the day by perching itself on trees.

Horned Adders Circled

A Horned Adder matches the sand of the Namib Desert, where they disappear completely by burying themselves.

Japanese Macaques Circled

A family of Japanese Macaques hide in plain sight amidst their rocky habitat on Honshu Island, Japan.

Klipspringers Circled

Two Klipspringers camouflage themselves among rocky cliffs in Botswana.

Willow Ptarmigan Circled

A Willow Ptarmigan blends into the snow while foraging in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada.

Lichen Spider Circled

A Lichen Spider perfectly blends into a tree trunk at the Erawan National Park in Thailand.

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A Spotted Deer, also known as a Chital, disappears in a forest in India.

Nighthawk Circled

A Nighthawk conceals itself among rocks in eastern Washington.

Pygmy Seahorse Camouflage

The Pygmy Seahorse is an expert at camouflaging itself in sea corals to evade detection by potential predators.

Snow Leopard Circled

A Snow Leopard peers over the edge of a rock in the Himalayas.

Stone Flounder Circled

A Righteye Flounder is perfectly adapted to going undetected on the ocean floor.

Uroplatus Geckos Circled

Uroplatus geckos, a species of noctural lizards endemic to Madagascar, use cryptic coloration to hide in tree bark during the daytime.

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Thanks to imgur, Daily Mail, and Rant Lifestyle for some of the images above. We also recommend you check out this fascinating video by the BBC on the camouflage abilities of the cuttlefish:

Fascinated by animal camouflage? Check out our other posts on macro photography and the most astounding nature photography of 2014!

10 Hiking Trails That Will Blow Your Mind

When wanderlust takes hold, check out these spectacular hiking trails amid the world’s most gorgeous landscapes.

November 17th is “Take a Hike” day. While you might not be interested in climbing the most dangerous trail in the world, these hiking trails might pique your fancy:

1. Overland Track, Lake St. Clair National Park, Australia

It usually takes six days to travel the Overland Track, which runs 40 miles (65 km) from Cradle Mountain to Lake St. Clair, Australia’s deepest lake. Along this lengthy trek, you’ll encounter a rainforest, moorlands, alpine meadows, and carved valleys, as well as several beautiful summits and waterfalls.

During the busiest walking season (the month of October), you must reserve a spot and pay a fee, but any other time of year guests are welcome to explore at their leisure. As part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, the track has a reputation for being one of the best wilderness trails around.

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