In the wilderness, a good coat of fur or the right scale pattern can go a long way. For most animals, being able to camouflage themselves can mean the difference between sneaking up on their next meal or becoming one for something else! Of course, some animals are real masters at evolution’s ultimate game of hide-and-seek.
The chameleon, for instance, can change its color, while leopards and cheetahs can virtually disappear in tall grass on the plains. Other animals may not boast the same camouflage prowess, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have just enough skill to slip into the background of their habitats unnoticed. Below are 10 of nature’s best hiders you’ll ever see—if you can find them, that is!
1. While not every creature is necessarily known for its innate hiding abilities, the one in this picture is certainly getting a little help from his surroundings. Can you see past the camouflage, or are you still looking?
There he is, over there on the right side of the picture! If it was his long neck that gave him away, remember: giraffes have the same amount of bones in their necks as humans do in theirs! You’ll never look at them the same again.
2. The animal hiding here can be found in just about any environment, from timberlands to deserts. And like other animals in this list, this guy benefitted a great deal from his surroundings. Can you spot him? If not, you might be the prey!
It’s a wolf! You see, as master hunters, wolves knows all too well how important it is to blend in with their surroundings. So it only makes sense that this one decided to stand next to a tree trunk that was almost the same shade as his coat.
3. This is another instance of an animal being in the right place at the right time. Somewhere in these wood stacks is a fluffy pet who’s not going to be spotted by the neighborhood dog anytime soon. Look closely; she’s in there somewhere…
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Wow! That cat is the exact same shade of yellow as the wood. Next time you go into your backyard to fetch some firewood, just make sure there aren’t any cats lying there. That’s sure to give anyone a scare.
4. Native to South America, this animal stands approximately 14 inches tall. Interest in keeping them as house pets has grown in recent years, and owners are particularly fond of their intelligence, as evidenced by this one’s ability to hide in plain sight…
Did you manage to find the blue-crowned parakeet hiding among all that lush foliage? Don’t worry if you didn’t; even people with a keen eye struggle with this one. After all, this bird’s feathers are practically the exact same color as the leaves!
5. Believe it or not, there is an animal somewhere in this picture. Can you spot her? Found typically in sub-Saharan Africa, the marks on this critter’s fur—known as rosettes—are smaller and more densely packed than those of her relatives.
With a coat designed to help her hunt, you probably had a hard time seeing this leopard sitting down there in the bottom corner of the picture. But once you spot her, it’s impossible not to realize that she’s been patiently waiting to pounce on you!
6. You can typically find one of these animals in the woodlands or between plains and savannas. Their lyre-shaped horns are a unique feature on males. Can you spot the one in this picture?
There’s just so much thick brush that spotting this impala is almost impossible. Not to mention, his horns really blend in with the rest of the branches sticking up from the ground. This camera-shy animal really found the perfect place to hide!
7. Famed for his spots and ability to reach high speeds, this wild guy can be nearly impossible to locate in his homeland of east Africa. As hunting is his major day-to-day activity, fantastic hiding abilities are crucial. Can you find him?
There are just so many places he could be that it’s easy to overlook the obvious. If you guessed this cheetah was in the brush toward the bottom left corner of the picture, then you’re correct! Just be careful, because it looks like he’s got his eyes on you.
8. This predator’s tracks are longer and more oblique than a dog’s, and it eats primarily the meat of smaller animals. You can find them all over North America, Mexico, and Central America—but can you find the one in this photograph?
If you’re looking for paw prints in the snow, don’t waste your time. Just focus your attention on the center of the photo. There he is! This coyote must be waiting in the thick, snow-covered brush for his next meal to arrive. Yikes!
9. You’ll most likely spot this critter in Central America and northern parts of South America. The males are a turquoise color with black around their eyes. Females, however, are green with turquoise heads. Can you find her here?
Now that you know the difference between the male and female coat patterns, you should’ve been able to locate this blue dacnis. Just try to look past the thick of the green leaves and you’ll see her. There she is—sitting so pleasantly in the tree without a care in the world!
10. Commonly found in India, males of this species have antlers while the females do not. The real question is whether knowing that little bit of information helps you locate the one hiding in this picture. You bet it does…
Do you see those prominent antlers in the top-right portion of the photo? That’s a male spotted dear! Looks like now you’ve spotted him. Wonder if he gets that joke all of the time or not…
Sometimes it can take our eyes a moment to interpret our environments, and that could be all the time an animal needs to strike or flee. Could you spot the animals in these pictures fast enough to survive in the wild? Or would you end up a cheetah’s prey?
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