Thanks to camouflage, animals stay alive on the mean streets of the wilderness. Years of natural selection gave animals the perfect attributes to blend into their surroundings with ease, seemingly altering reality. In nature, what you see is not always what you get—animals make sure of that.

With perfected fur coats, animals make themselves impossible for predators, prey, and curious humans to spot. And when their natural camouflage options fail? Animals have more creative ways of blending in with the environment and raising eyebrows in the process!

1. Mother-of-four Bianca Dickinson didn’t notice the snake lying in wait behind her daughter Molly until she’d already taken a few photographs—can you spot the deadly reptile?