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.
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 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
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.