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Animals With the Best Camoflage

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For some animals out there, the best offense is a good defense and remaining hidden for a while can allow for a predator to get even closer to their prey. Other animals rely on their camouflage to remain hidden and hopefully no one will eat them. From an insect that closely resembles a stick. To polar bears blending in with snow, here are animals with the best camouflage.

16 Caterpillars
There are many birds out there that would love to get ahold of a caterpillar for lunch . They seem like easy targets because they can’t move too quickly. This one here doesn’t want to become anyone’s next snack and blends in well with this leaf! Avoiding hungry birds from above is never easy and the more it can resemble a leaf, the less of a chance of getting eaten. Probably best to stay away anyways

15Pygmy Seahorse
It might be slightly impossible to find a pygmy seahorse when they’re hanging around branches of coral like in some of these photos. Being small can sometimes be an advantage against predators but when you’re small and you blend into your environment, just hope that predator doesn’t have a good sense of smell.They’re typically found in south east asia and near australia, where coral and algae reefs are present.

14A Stick Insect
What better way to defend yourself from predators than pretending you’re a stick? No one wants to eat a stick! Stick insects are quite strange but they are mostly used as pets by science teachers or people who just love bugs. More than ever, people are keeping these insects in small glass containers and keep them as pets! These peculiar insects are about 3-4 inches long or 7-10 centimeters but some can grow larger like you see in this photo. Astonishingly, they can live up to 7 years in the right condition. These bugs can thrive in an environment rich in plants such as ivy, bramble or even lettuces. If you’re considering getting one of these, keep in mind, they do get lonely and need a stick bug companion. Consider getting 2 or 3 and a tall cage for them to roam around. Great first pets for kids since they don’t bite and generally low maintenance.

13Cheetah.
The fastest land animal in the world can reach speeds of over 70 miles an hour in quick sprints. Cheetahs are known for their spots and yellowish brown fur, which actually blends in quite well with the african savanna. Known for being excellent predators, they can hunt well and get close to their prey without the poor critter without even knowing that it’s being stocked. The spots are seemingly patterned in a way that helps them blend in with their environment. Their main goal is to minimize the distance of their chase since they often have to get in a foot race with quick animals like zebras or gazelle. They’ll usually win the race but their competitors can often give the cheetahs a run for their money.

12.Flower mantis
What better way to keep yourself from being eaten by predators than becoming than pretending you’re just an innocent flower. The flower mantis is a certain type of insect that can mimic the appearance of flowers and isn’t your average praying mantis. NOt only can they blend in with their environment to hide from predators but they use their camouflage abilities to hunt insects who don’t notice them. Once an unsuspecting insect comes within range, its already too late. The mantis has struck them with a deadly attack. What makes them even more bizarre is that people actually keep these as pets.

11.Glass Winged Butterflies
What better way to camouflage than to be virtually transparent?These are normally found resting on leaves in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Columbia. A large majority of their wings are completely transparent, almost like their made of glass or something. In Spanish, they’re given the name, espejitos which translates to “little mirrors”. These are known to migrate long distances once they reach adulthood to places like Texas and Mexico. The transparent wings are a result of low absorption of visible light, and low reflection of light on the wings surface.

10.Glass Frogs

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