They’re watching you, camouflaged in their natural environment. Imagine being out in the wild and spotting a leopard stalking you, or a coyote tailing you. You need to have a good eye and keep your wits about you if you want to be out in nature. You never know what could be following you.
We’ll start out easy with the picture above and make it harder the further you go. Can you spot all the animals?
The pygmy seahorse (Hippocampus spp.) was first discovered by a researcher examining the host gorgonia coral on which it lives. The coral got all the way to the dissection table before the seahorses were noticed.
These live in the Arctic tundra.
During the summer, the male’s feathers change to a chestnut brown around their head and neck to attract females.
The willow ptarmigan (Lagopus lagopus) is the state bird of Alaska. It is a ground-dwelling herbivore whose browsing affects the plant species in a landscape. With heavier snowfall only the tallest willow buds poke through the snow and are cropped, but with climate change varying snowfall diffrerent species growth is stunted and a different ecosystem results.
In most areas, only the males have horns.
When hot or sick its fur stands straight up giving it the illusion of being much larger than it really is.
The klipspringer (Oreotragus oreotragus) lives in southeastern Africa, in rocky, sparsely vegtetated habitat. It has cylindrical hooves that it walks on to enhance grip, and a coarse coat with hollow hairs. The nocturnal antelope is preyed upon by eagles, large cats and dogs, and baboons.
These birds have short yellow legs and a dark gray bill.
They are one of the most poorly studied birds in North America. They normally breed in mountainous areas and found on rugged or rocky coastlines.
The wandering tattler (Tringa incana) is found on the west coast of north and south america and the east coast of Russia and Australia, along with many islands in between. They have a diet of crustaceans, marine worms, and insects.
Their diet primarily is seed based.
They store their food for cold winters. When they feel threatened they let out a high-pitched alarm that can last for several minutes.
The western gray squirrel (Sciurus griseus) is threatened by habitat loss, wildfire, disease, and the introduction of invasive species, especially of other squirrels in an attempt at repopulating decimated areas.
Nearly all owls use camouflage, the only thing that will give an owl away is its eyes or its voice.
Owls have been known to hunt other owls. A Great Horned Owl has been seen attacking Barred Owls.
7. Blue Dacnis
Blue Dacnis eat mainly insects.
These social birds mainly consume small insects in foliage, flowers or bromeliads.
Coyotes are about as big as medium-sized dogs.
Coyotes are closely related to wolves and can reproduce to make a hybrid coywolf.
The Nighthawk fly in loops as they chase after insects.
They are one of the few birds that do not make nests when they have young. Their children are so well camouflaged they don’t need to have one.
10. Common Snipe
These well-camouflaged birds usually conceal themselves close to ground vegetation.
When flushed or frightened, they let out a scape-like noise and fly off in zig-zags if pursued by air.
Cheetahs use their tail like a rudder.
They can use their tail to help control their steering and keep balance while running at up to 70 miles per hour.
Most impalas are born mid-day.
Nearly half of newborn impalas are preyed upon by predators just in the first few weeks of life. Impalas give birth to their young mid-day because it’s the safest time to give birth. Most of their predators are resting during this time.
13. Spotted Deer
Spotted Deer or Chital don’t have a fixed breeding season.
Spotted Deer’s fawn are born spotted and are cached in hiding spots for weeks while they’re being nursed.
The Gyrfalcon is the largest true falcon in the world.
Gyrfalcons are highly revered even in the Middle Ages. Only a king could hunt the Gyrfalcon.
Leopards main prey is hoofstock, like gazelles, impalas, deer and wildebeests.
Leopards often bring their prey up into branches of trees to protect its food from other predators.
16. Horned Viper
The upper parts of the Horned Viper’s look sandy, yellowish, or pale brown to match their environment.
The Horned Viper produces a venom that has 13 different toxins and usually ambush their prey under sand.
17. Blue-Crowned Parrot
Their green plumage helps camouflage them in the rich vegetation they live in.
You can find these birds foraging in flowering or fruiting trees or bushes. In favorable feeding spots, large gatherings of these birds can be found together.
18. American Pika
These small mammals live in rock piles on the mountains of North America.
These herbivores have been known to stay active in during the winter. They survive the harsh cold by eating dried up food they store away in their haypiles.
19. Great Horned Owl
These owls are the most common owl in both North and South America.
These owls are monogamous life partners who share in incubation of their eggs and known to be fiercely protective parents.
Caimans are usually nocturnal hunters.
Besides humans the only real predators caiman have are jaguars.
Wolves develop very close relationships and strong social bonds with their pack.
Wolves have been seen sacrificing themselves to protect the family unit when in danger.
Giraffes are the tallest mammals on Earth.
They may not look very fast, but giraffe can run up to 35 miles per hour for short distances.
This incredible frog is just another piece of bark on the tree. Can’t see him? He’s sitting on the left just above the branch.
24. Uroplatus Geckos
Also known as the leaf-tail gecko, this reptile native to Madagascar looks like just another knot in the tree.
26. Snake In The Sand
This snake’s remarkable scale pattern allows it to blend nearly perfectly with the sand as it awaits prey to pass by.
The spotty pattern on a jaguar’s coat helps it blend into a variety different backgrounds in the Americas(South and Central) and Mexico.
28. Tawny Frogmouth
Can you picture the stiff looking four owl-like nocturnal birds? Pretty impressive wood looking camouflage.
29. Great Potoo
You may not be able to see it, especially at night when it is active, but you will hear its distinctive growling moan.