10 Camouflaged Animals: Animals That Change Colors

Are there animals other than chameleon that can camouflage or change colors? Yes…there are a range of animals ranging from small insects to big octopuses that can camouflage. What are these animals? Find them here…

When I say camouflaged animals, first animal that comes to our mind is the chameleon. Do you know there are many other animals that can change colors? This ranges from octopuses to frogs to spiders to tiny insects. Here is a list of 10 animals that can camouflage. 

1. Cuttlefish  

Camouflaged cuttlefish – Do you see it?

Cuttlefish are not fishes, but mollusks. They eat smaller mollusks, cuttlefishes, crabs, shrimps, octopuses, etc. These mollusks have the capability of changing colors or camouflaging; they use this color changing capability to communicate with other cuttlefish and to save themselves from predators. How do cuttlefishes change color? They have groups of red, yellow, brown and black pigmented chromatophores; these are found above the reflective iridophores and leucophores. They use various color combinations with the help of pigmented chromatophores and camouflage themselves from their predators. 

2. Flowery Flounder 

Flowery flounder, where is it?

Flowery flounder is also called as peacock flounder. The entire body of these flounders are covered by flower like bluish spots and hence called as flowery flounder. Peacock flounders have the capability of changing colors within 8 seconds. They prefer crawling rather swimming and camouflage according to the surroundings as and when they pass a particular area. It is believed that flounders use their vision as well as hormones to change colors; as they use vision to camouflage, they would experience problems in changing colors if there are problems with their vision. 

3. Goldenrod Crab Spider  

Spot the goldenrod crab spider

Goldenrod crab spider is also called as flower crab spider. These are called as goldenrod crab spider as you can spot them on goldenrod flower during autumn season. It is difficult for even a human eye to distinguish between this spider and the flower. They have the ability to change colors at their will. It takes nearly 10 to 25 days for them to change their color from white to yellow, but the reverse would happen in just about 6 days. They secret a liquid yellow pigment on their outer cell layer to change colors. 

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24 Responses to “10 Camouflaged Animals: Animals That Change Colors”
  1. SharifaMcFarlane Says...

    On June 16, 2011 at 8:30 am

    These animals are well-camouflaged. Can’t tell the birds from the trees with that owl.

  2. Jimmy Shilaho Says...

    On June 16, 2011 at 8:47 am

    Interesting stuff, and to know that most people are aware of the chameleon alone!

  3. ashan1614 Says...

    On June 16, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Amazing animals! Thanks for sharing this info.

  4. yeasin Says...

    On June 16, 2011 at 8:57 am

    oh, nice info

  5. webseowriters Says...

    On June 16, 2011 at 9:12 am


  6. sambasivarao Says...

    On June 16, 2011 at 9:43 am

    Yes. Some animals will change their colors by age factor, and some animals will change depend upon situation of geographical conditions and useful them to protect from the enemies.


  7. gaby7 Says...

    On June 16, 2011 at 9:48 am

    Nature never ceases to intrigue!

  8. UncleSammy Says...

    On June 16, 2011 at 9:54 am

    Nice Share Thanks

  9. Atanacio Says...

    On June 16, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    You’ve been putting up some good posts lately

  10. Judy Kaelin Says...

    On June 16, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Good job! I liked it!

  11. Brenda Nelson Says...

    On June 16, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    great picures of animals with cool ablities.

  12. jrabraham Says...

    On June 16, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    For other animals, Camouflage is a form defense mechanism while others change color to adapt with the environment and in accordance to their moods..

  13. Eunice Tan Says...

    On June 16, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    Great list. Amazing animal

  14. mtrguanlao Says...

    On June 16, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    Oh they are all amazing and fascinating!

  15. LCM Linda Says...

    On June 16, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    Interesting topic. The ability to change color is amusing. I find Goldenrod Crab Spider, Pacific Tree Frog and Phylliidae particularly impressive.

  16. Hettie Says...

    On June 17, 2011 at 6:54 am

    Great article

  17. Redfiery Says...

    On June 17, 2011 at 1:17 pm

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  18. Ruby Hawk Says...

    On June 17, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Wow, these guys can hide in plain sight.

  19. bluray Says...

    On June 18, 2011 at 1:13 am

    Great write up. Interesting to know that there are so many animals that can change color.

  20. K Kristie Says...

    On June 22, 2011 at 9:05 am

    It’s the first time that I have heard of the tawny frogmouth. I have my own version of this article: 10 Animals That Can Change Color

  21. Joie Schmidt Says...

    On June 26, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Very cool!! =)



    -Joie Schmidt.

  22. Starpisces Says...

    On July 14, 2011 at 9:39 am

    very informative, all the while I thought only chamelon changes colour.

  23. Krissttina Isobe Says...

    On July 21, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Fascinating! Thanks for the article.

  24. Tiki33 Says...

    On February 16, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Excellent work! I love the pictures and the article is on point. Thanks for sharing!

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