MNN Galleries

14 amazing camouflaged animals

By: Russell McLendon on March 4, 2011, 11 a.m.
U.S. Marine sniper in camouflage

Photo: U.S. Marine Corps/Department of Defense

15 of 16


Humans don't naturally blend in with much, and aside from blushing, we can't change colors like chameleons or cuttlefish. But we do use one kind of camo few other species have: clothes. We've made DIY disguises for centuries, often borrowing ideas from nature to help us hunt food and fight wars.

Man-made camo has found lots of other uses over the years, too, such as scientists dressing up as whooping cranes or nude models being painted like tigers, not to mention all the disguises people make every Halloween. And now even the ultimate form of camo is within sight: Scientists at the University of St. Andrews reported in 2010 that they're developing an invisibility cloak.