"Nature red in tooth and claw", said Alfred Lord Tennyson.

For, out there in the vast and unforgiving expanses of the wild, life is simply currency to be circulated amongst its participants. Yet, the natural order does not always entail the ultimate triumph of size, speed and muscle power. In fact, over the billion years of Earth's evolution, it is the the smaller creatures that have somehow managed to scrape through and survive, while the gigantic and magnificent are often interred and ultimately converted into fossil fuel, ironically, to power modern human ambitions. One of the techniques that have held the following often overlooked survivors and hunters in good stead is the ability to become one with its surroundings. The fascinating and often deadly trick of camouflage is one of Nature's most perfect genetic ornamentations, and these 20 creatures have mastered the art.

1. Horned Owl

Owl

 2. Uroplatus Geckos

Uroplatus geckos1

Uroplatus geckos2

3. Willow Mtarmigan

Willow ptarmigan

4. Leaf Toads

Leaf toads

5. Common Baron Caterpillar

Common baron caterpillar

6. Sea Horse

Seahorse

7. Desert Spider

Desert spider

8. Adelpha Serpa Selerio Caterpillar

Adelpha serpa selerio caterpillar

9. Stick Insect

Stick insect

10. Frog

Frog

11. Owl

Owl Bark

12. Tropidoderus Childrenii

Tropidoderus childrenii

13. Leaf-Tailed Gecko

Leaf-tailed gecko

14. Stone Flounder

Stone Flounder

15. Great Potoo

Great potoo

16. Snow Leopard

Snow leopard

17. Cicada

Cicada

18. Owl

Owl Stones

19. Giraffe

Giraffe

20. Hedgehog

Hedgehog

 

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