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10 Animal Transformations & Camouflage Tricks


These aptly named insects look like little twigs, and if you don’t see one moving, you might not notice it all. These insects are so great at blending in to their environment that you won’t find them hiding out with real sticks; instead, they will sit right out in the open. Even their movements are camouflaged as they sway back and forth to mimic a twig blowing in the wind. According to the San Diego Zoo, stick insects are also capable of a type of asexual reproduction in which unfertilized females produce eggs that hatch into females. If a male fertilizes the egg, it might turn into a male, otherwise, the egg hatches into a female and continues a girls-only lineage. The stick insect might be the best at transforming into an inanimate object, but as our countdown proves, there are many wild animals that use the power of transformation to survive and thrive in a natural world full of challenges.

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12:39PM PDT on Apr 23, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

10:23AM PDT on Apr 23, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

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5:45AM PDT on Jun 20, 2011

The stick insect is amazing.

3:10PM PDT on Jun 12, 2011

Amazing. :)

2:16PM PDT on Jun 5, 2011

WOW! We live on such an amazing planet!

8:38PM PDT on Jun 4, 2011

I love this creature. Nature always surprise us!

1:52PM PDT on Jun 2, 2011

Beautiful! The walking stick is one of my favorite insects. Hard to find!

9:08AM PDT on Jun 2, 2011

While the link to the owl was truly amazing, I would include the ordinary fly in this list too. From a caterpillar to a butterfly is quite romantic, but from a maggot to a fly is the same feat! ;-)

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