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>>Camouflage, also known as cryptic coloration, is the method which allows an otherwise visible organism or object to remain indiscernible from the surrounding environment.<<

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In nature, there is a strong evolutionary pressure for animals to blend into their environment or conceal their shape; for prey animals to avoid predators and for predators to be able to sneak up on prey. Natural camouflage is one method that animals use to meet these. There are a number of methods of doing so. One is for the animal to blend in with its surroundings, while another is for the animal to disguise itself as something uninteresting or something dangerous.

* Some cryptic animals also simulate natural movement, e.g., of a leaf in the wind. This is called procryptic behaviour or habit. Other animals attach or attract natural materials to their body for concealment.
* A few animals have chromatic response, changing color in changing environments, either seasonally (ermine, snowshoe hare) or far more rapidly with chromatophores in their integument (chameleon, the cephalopod family).
* Some animals, notably in aquatic environments, also take steps to camouflage the odours they create that may attract predators.[citation needed]
* Some herd animals adopt a similar pattern to make it difficult to distinguish a single animal. Examples include stripes on zebras and the reflective scales on fish.

Camouflaging coloration
The simplest way is for an animal to be of a color similar to its surroundings. Examples include the "earth tones" of deer, squirrels, or moles (to match trees or dirt), or the combination of blue skin and white underbelly of sharks (which makes them difficult to detect from both above and below). More complex patterns can be seen in animals such as flounder, moths, and frogs, among many others. Some forms of camouflage use contrasting shades to break up the visual outline, as on a gull or zebra.

Animals may disguise themselves as something uninteresting in the hopes that their predators will ignore them, or as something dangerous so that predators will avoid them.

The most famous example of the former is the stick insect, which looks like a stick, as well as its cousin the leaf insect, which looks like a leaf. Disguising oneself as something dangerous is known as mimicry, such as the case of a Scarlet Kingsnake which looks like the poisonous coral snake.

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