Common Potoo (Nyctibius griseus) from Costa Rica

Pictures Examples of Camouflage

Camouflage, refers to an animal species resembling an inanimate object, is commonly used by rainforest wildlife to avoid detection by predators or prey.

There are many examples of rainforest species which are cryptically colored to match their surroundings. Here are some examples. Can you spot the animal in the photos?

Uroplatus or leaf-tail geckos from Madagascar


Giant Leaf-tailed Gecko (Uroplatus fimbriatus)


Giant Leaf-tailed Gecko (Uroplatus fimbriatus)


Giant Leaf-tailed Gecko (Uroplatus fimbriatus)


Giant Leaf-tailed Gecko (Uroplatus fimbriatus)


Frilled Leaf-tail Gecko (Uroplatus henkeli)


Southern Leaf-tail Gecko (Uroplatus sikorae)


Mossy Leaf-tail Gecko (Uroplatus sikorae)


Giant Leaf-tailed Gecko (Uroplatus fimbriatus)

Other Reptiles


Pygmy led chameleon (Brookesia superciliaris) in leaf litter


Brookesia superciliaris playing dead


Canopy Chameleon (Furcifer willsii)


Amber Mountain chameleon (Calumma ambreense)


Female Rainforest Chameleon (Furcifer balteatus)


Sakalava's Velvet Gecko (Homopholis sakalava)

Katydids, Walking Sticks, and Praying Mantids
I have not been able to determine any of these species


Leaf-mimicking praying mantis


Leaf-mimicking praying mantis


Katydid


Praying mantis


Walking stick


Katydid


Walking stick


Katydid


Praying mantis


Walking stick


Giant walking stick


Stick insect


Katydid


Mossy stick insects


Katydid


Mantis


Leaf-mimicking treehopper

Spiders

Moths and butterflies

Vietnamese Mossy Frog

Other Frogs


Leaf frog in Suriname


Leaf frog in Madagascar


Leaf frog in Suriname


Leaf frog in Colombia


Leaf frog in Peru




By Rhett Butler

Date published: June 24, 2004 | Last updated: March 21, 2014