Camouflage Photography in the Animal World: 50 Astonishing Photos

Some animals have sharp teeth, some have fragile wings, some are predators, some chew on grass, but they all need to survive. Even if harder to believe, some carnivores can be extinct pretty fast, if they don’t find an “intelligent” method of hunting.

On the other hand, small animals with poor defense mechanisms need to find a smart way of surviving and hiding. Nature has found the solution: “camouflage”. The evolutionary ability of transforming or adapting to the environment to become a contained part of it. In one way of another, most of the animals have developed such a skill, and they can easily trick the eye.

From changing colors to changing body shapes, vertebrates and invertebrates appear as if… they are not there. This post will exemplify the camouflage technique, even in the underwater world. Prepare to train your eyes for spotting the animals and their amazing disguises!

Nature’s Best Camouflage-Sea Dragon

Camouflage Lizard

Hidden Shrimp

Grasshopper – Master of Camouflage Clothing


Perfect Camouflage

Nature’s Camouflage

Camouflage Brownish Frog

Camouflaged Leaf-tailed Gecko

Camouflaged Rock Grasshopper

Bark Hopper Camouflage

Camouflaged Spider, Montagne d’Ambre, Madagascar

False Leaf Katydid, BCI, Panama

Remarkable Leaf Texture Mimicry

Bark Bug, Peruvian Amazon

Bark Katydid Nymph, Camouflaged

Yellow Camouflage


Camouflage Fish



Where is it? What is it?


The Art of Camouflage

Incredible Camouflage

I Am Not Here!

Ornate Ghostpipefish

Camouflage 2

Phyllocrania Paradoxa

Idoloantis Diabolica – Devil’s Flower Mantis

Arrowhead Crab

Robust Ghost Pipefish

Sleeping Owl

Camouflage Spider


Green Spider

White Rabbit, White Snow

Kakapo (Strigops habroptilus)

Painted Frogfish

Bug in Camouflage


Dead Leaf Mantis

Green Camouflage

Grasshopper Camouflage 2

Butterfly in Disguise

Orange-Tip Butterfly

Mimicry in Action

Zizeeria Knysna

Canarian Orthoptera

Sapo, Perereca Ou Rã

Author: Giulia

Giulia is a 25 year old girl from Romania. She runs a blog dedicated to cute animals on She's also an amateur photographer and has a passion for Photoshop.

41 thoughts on “Camouflage Photography in the Animal World: 50 Astonishing Photos”

  1. The spider with its legs spread out in the middle of the tree trunk is amazing!!! (So are all of the other images, of course). Nature is our master architect.

  2. That was nice and wonderful. I hope we, humans, will preserve this incredible earth we live in….

    ….or we will live in a landfill.

  3. Wow – mother nature is really fascinating. Some of these insects really look like leaves, not only matching the colors, but also the textures. Incredible.

    The photographer must have really keen eyes to spot these!

  4. wow, amazing photos! This shows just how great God is, creating all these beautiful creatures in this wonderful world in just 6 days, I know that some people will see this comment and disagree but thats their opinion! Great photos, thanks for sharing. (:

  5. wow that is the most coolest thing ever, God is really nessasary without him the universe wouldn’t been created anyway.

  6. Hi Giulia,

    I used some of your pictures and made it into a slideshow to teach my pupils about camouflage. Please let me know how I should credit the pictures. Thanks!

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