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Some animals blend in with their surroundings. This adaptation is called camouflage. Animals use camouflage to hide from other animals. Here are some ways that animals use camouflage.
Colour: Some animals are the same colour as their surroundings. A snowy owl is white and lives where it snows. It blends in with the snow.
Pattern: Some animals have stripes, spots, or other patterns on their skin. The spots on a leopard help it hide in tall grasses. The stripes on a zebra make it difficult to see one zebra in a herd.
Mimicry: Some animals look like something else. A walking stick is an insect that looks like a twig. The leaf katydid is an insect that looks like a leaf.
Some animals use colour and patterns to look like an animal that is dangerous. This is called mimicry.
The Viceroy butterfly looks like a Monarch butterfly. The Monarch butterfly is poisonous. Animals leave both butterflies alone!
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