10 Unbelievable Animal Camouflages That Will Make You Look Twice



Animals have evolved in far more ways than human kind could ever imagine. Some animals have the complete capability of becoming essentially invisible in order to hide from a predator. These animals live very dangerous lives out in the wild, so it makes sense that they would want to remain hidden away from the most dangerous creatures in the world. Here are ten unbelievable animal camouflages we truly wish we could use ourselves, and you’ll probably have to look twice at most of these pictures.

Baron Caterpillar

The Baron Caterpillar can only be found throughout India and Southeast Asia, and those searching will have to look very hard. These 4mm-long caterpillars are known for turning almost completely invisible. Their spikes mask their entire bodies, making them appear like part of a leaf.

Merlet’s Scorpionfish

Merlet’s Scorpionfish goes by many names, but the color is what truly makes them standout amongst the marine world. These fish have an innumerable amount of tentacles and skin flaps, making it oddly shaped. These appendages also make them look similar to floating debris or shrubbery.

Pygmy Seahorse

The Pygmy Seahorse is just a tiny 27mm, and thanks to its miniature size and fancy camouflage, they are nearly invisible to human beings and predators alike. It took until 1969 to even discover the first species.

Tawny Frogmouth

The Tawny Frogmouth is a mysterious type of owl native to Australia. They are not nocturnal, like most of their species, but have adapted to daytime hunting by administering their own form of camouflage, which allows them to blend into the surrounding bark and trees.

Leafy Sea Dragon

The Leafy Sea Dragon is another aquatic animal only found throughout the oceans surrounding Australia. These miniature creatures are just 35cm long, and have slender bodies and leaf-like appendages covering the surface area of their structure, allowing them to blend effectively into the world around them.

Underwing Moth

There are just over 200 different species of Underwing Moths found throughout North America, and these are known for having a second set of wings on their bodies. Thankfully, they are camouflaged from the world, as they appear similar to tree bark.

Reef Stonefish

The Reef Stonefish is a dangerous type of fish that injects venom with its spikes when stepped on. It is painful and deadly. Making matters worse, the Stonefish is nearly invisible in its Australian coastal habitat, as they look like nothing more than a rock.

Dead Leaf Butterfly

The Dead Leaf Butterfly received that name for a reason: because it looks like nothing more than a dead leaf resting on the ground, trees, or other leaves around it. They can be found throughout tropical Asia, including India and Japan.

Leaf Tailed Gecko

The Leaf Tailed Gecko is only found on the island of Madagascar, and there are currently eight known species in the world. Like the previous creature, these little critters look like nothing more than a dried up, dead leaf resting on the ground.

Octopus

There are a wide variety of octopus in the world, and most of them have a truly impressive form of camouflage to hide against predators. They can mimic other creatures, change their color, texture, patterns, and sneak into crevices in their surrounding habitats.