Books > Collaborations > Animals in Disguise (75) More files... Uncover the Secrets of Animal Camouflage
Published by Wayland, Hachette Children's Group, written by Michael Bright, available from Jan 2020.

Discover the most well-disguised animals on the planet!

Some animals disguise themselves to look like plants or rocks. Others disappear from view altogether as they blend in to their habitats. How do they do this?

In Animals in Disguise, learn about the various ways animals hide in plain sight and why. From avoiding predators and protecting themselves to ambushing or sneaking up on prey, each animal featured in this book has an astonishing skill for keeping out of sight.

With different creatures from around the world, organised by classification, this book encourages the reader to seek out each creature hiding in plain sight in the full-page photograph of the featured animal. Younger children will enjoy looking at the photos to spot the camouflaged animals. To help find them a second picture shows them clearly and all is revealed at the end of the book.

Perfect for readers aged 9 and up.
Sand Cat (Felis margarita) crouching in sand. Critically endangered species. Tin Toumma, Niger, Africa. - Thomas Rabeil
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Thomas Rabeil / Sand Cat (Felis margarita) crouching in sand. Critically endangered species. Tin Toumma, Niger, Africa.
Brill (Scophthalmus rhombus) camouflaged on seabed, Channel Islands, UK, July - Sue Daly
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Sue Daly / Brill (Scophthalmus rhombus) camouflaged on seabed, Channel Islands, UK, July
Great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) Guadalupe Island or Isla Guadalupe, Pacific Ocean, Mexico, September. Vulnerable species. - Constantinos Petrinos
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Constantinos Petrinos / Great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) Guadalupe Island or Isla Guadalupe, Pacific Ocean, Mexico, September. Vulnerable species.
Bird-dropping spider (Phrynarachne decipiens) camouflaged on web to look like bird faeces, Borneo. - Emanuele Biggi
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Emanuele Biggi / Bird-dropping spider (Phrynarachne decipiens) camouflaged on web to look like bird faeces, Borneo.
Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) female stalking spotted deer. Tadoba Andheri Tiger Reserve, India. Endangered species - Suzi Eszterhas
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Suzi Eszterhas / Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) female stalking spotted deer. Tadoba Andheri Tiger Reserve, India. Endangered species
Japanese angelshark (Squatina japonica) engaged in ambush predation, leaping out of the sand to catch a small silver-stripe round herring (Spratelloides gracilis). The shark's extended jaws are clearl... - Tony Wu
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Tony Wu / Japanese angelshark (Squatina japonica) engaged in ambush predation, leaping out of the sand to catch a small silver-stripe round herring (Spratelloides gracilis). The shark's extended jaws are clearl...
Flying dragon lizard (Draco sp) camouflaged against moss on tree trunk in the rainforest, Gunung Palung National Park, Borneo, West Kalimantan, Indonesia. - Tim Laman
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Tim Laman / Flying dragon lizard (Draco sp) camouflaged against moss on tree trunk in the rainforest, Gunung Palung National Park, Borneo, West Kalimantan, Indonesia.
Stone-curlew (Burhinus oedicnemus) nest with perfectly camouflaged chicks. Castro Verde, Alentejo, Portugal, May. - Roger Powell
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Roger Powell / Stone-curlew (Burhinus oedicnemus) nest with perfectly camouflaged chicks. Castro Verde, Alentejo, Portugal, May.
African lion {Panthera leo} camouflaged in long grass, Masai Mara GR, Kenya - Anup Shah
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Anup Shah / African lion {Panthera leo} camouflaged in long grass, Masai Mara GR, Kenya
African lion (Panthera leo) pausing to look towards photographer before heading out to hunt, Tanzania, Africa. - Diane McAllister
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Diane McAllister / African lion (Panthera leo) pausing to look towards photographer before heading out to hunt, Tanzania, Africa.
Mountain hare (Lepus timidus) in white winter coat camouflaged in snow, Scotland, UK. Commended in the Asferico Competition 2016. - Mark Hamblin
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Mark Hamblin / Mountain hare (Lepus timidus) in white winter coat camouflaged in snow, Scotland, UK. Commended in the Asferico Competition 2016.
Mountain hare (Lepus timidus) with partial winter coat, Scotland, UK, April - Mark Hamblin / 2020VISION
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Mark Hamblin / 2020VISION / Mountain hare (Lepus timidus) with partial winter coat, Scotland, UK, April
Wild female Snow Leopard (Panthera uncia) jumping, camouflaged on rocky mountainside, at an altitude of 2500m, Altai mountains, Mongolia. July - Eric Dragesco
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Eric Dragesco / Wild female Snow Leopard (Panthera uncia) jumping, camouflaged on rocky mountainside, at an altitude of 2500m, Altai mountains, Mongolia. July
Snow leopard (Uncia uncia) walking, Altai Mountains, Mongolia. March. - Valeriy Maleev
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Valeriy Maleev / Snow leopard (Uncia uncia) walking, Altai Mountains, Mongolia. March.
Young Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis) perfectly camouflaged against rocky mountain side. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA, June. - George Sanker
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George Sanker / Young Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis) perfectly camouflaged against rocky mountain side. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA, June.
Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis) lamb among dandelions, western Canada - Donald M. Jones
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Donald M. Jones / Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis) lamb among dandelions, western Canada
Springbok calf lying hidden by bush {Antidorcas marsupialis} Kalahari Gemsbok South Africa - Philippe Clement
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Philippe Clement / Springbok calf lying hidden by bush {Antidorcas marsupialis} Kalahari Gemsbok South Africa
Portrait of young springbok (Antidorcas marsupialis). Etosha National Park, Namibia, March. Non-ex. - Hougaard Malan
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Hougaard Malan / Portrait of young springbok (Antidorcas marsupialis). Etosha National Park, Namibia, March. Non-ex.
Brown-throated Three-toed Sloths (Bradypus variegatus) hanging from a tree trunk, demonstrating bark-mimicking colouration. Captive. Aviarios del Caribe Sloth Sanctuary, Costa Rica. - Roland Seitre
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Roland Seitre / Brown-throated Three-toed Sloths (Bradypus variegatus) hanging from a tree trunk, demonstrating bark-mimicking colouration. Captive. Aviarios del Caribe Sloth Sanctuary, Costa Rica.
Brown-throated Three-toed Sloth (Bradypus variegatus) hanging in tree, Amazon, Peru - Ingo Arndt
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Ingo Arndt / Brown-throated Three-toed Sloth (Bradypus variegatus) hanging in tree, Amazon, Peru
Yellow-footed rock wallaby {Petrogale xanthopus} South Australia - Dave Watts
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Dave Watts / Yellow-footed rock wallaby {Petrogale xanthopus} South Australia
Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby (Petrogale xanthopus subsp. celeris) - Gowan Range, Queensland, Australia. May - Jiri Lochman
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Jiri Lochman / Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby (Petrogale xanthopus subsp. celeris) - Gowan Range, Queensland, Australia. May
Great Potoo (Nyctibius grandis) camouflaged in tree, Pantanal, Mato Grosso, Brazil - Thomas Marent
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Thomas Marent / Great Potoo (Nyctibius grandis) camouflaged in tree, Pantanal, Mato Grosso, Brazil
Great potoo (Nyctibius grandis) perched, Pantanal Brazil. - Wim van den Heever
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Wim van den Heever / Great potoo (Nyctibius grandis) perched, Pantanal Brazil.
Bittern in reed bed {Botaurus stellaris} Essex, UK - David Kjaer
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David Kjaer / Bittern in reed bed {Botaurus stellaris} Essex, UK
Bittern (Botaurus stellaris ) Breton Marsh, West France, December. - Loic  Poidevin
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Loic Poidevin / Bittern (Botaurus stellaris ) Breton Marsh, West France, December.
Egyptian nightjar (Caprimulgus aegyptius) resting on sand, Morocco, March. - Markus Varesvuo
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Markus Varesvuo / Egyptian nightjar (Caprimulgus aegyptius) resting on sand, Morocco, March.
Egyptian nightjar {Caprimulgus aegyptius} Muscat, Oman - Hanne & Jens Eriksen
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Hanne & Jens Eriksen / Egyptian nightjar {Caprimulgus aegyptius} Muscat, Oman
'Sinbad' the male Kakapo (Strigops habroptilus) Codfish Island, Stewart Island, New Zealand, January. Critically endangered. - Brent  Stephenson
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Brent Stephenson / 'Sinbad' the male Kakapo (Strigops habroptilus) Codfish Island, Stewart Island, New Zealand, January. Critically endangered.
Kakapo (Strigops habroptilus), Codfish Island, New Zealand - Stephen Belcher
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Stephen Belcher / Kakapo (Strigops habroptilus), Codfish Island, New Zealand
Golden plover (Pluvialis apricaria) chick camouflaged in ground nest, Norway June - Markus Varesvuo
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Markus Varesvuo / Golden plover (Pluvialis apricaria) chick camouflaged in ground nest, Norway June
Golden Plover (Pluvialis apricaria) chick in grass. Norway. June - Markus Varesvuo
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Markus Varesvuo / Golden Plover (Pluvialis apricaria) chick in grass. Norway. June
Eagle owl (Bubo bubo) adult perched on branch close to cliff, Luxembourg, February - Michel Poinsignon
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Michel Poinsignon / Eagle owl (Bubo bubo) adult perched on branch close to cliff, Luxembourg, February
Eagle owl (Bubo bubo) portrait, Scotland, UK, captive - Peter Cairns / naturepl.com
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Peter Cairns / naturepl.com / Eagle owl (Bubo bubo) portrait, Scotland, UK, captive
Ptarmigan (Lagopus mutus) male standing amongst snow covered rocks, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, UK, February. - SCOTLAND: The Big Picture
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SCOTLAND: The Big Picture / Ptarmigan (Lagopus mutus) male standing amongst snow covered rocks, Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, UK, February.
Rock Ptarmigan (Lagopus muta) moulting feathers, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, Arctic Ocean - Franco  Banfi
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Franco Banfi / Rock Ptarmigan (Lagopus muta) moulting feathers, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway, Arctic Ocean
Mossy leaf tailed gecko (Uroplatus sikorae) camouflaged on tree trunk, Andasibe- Mantadia National Park, Madagascar. - Enrique Lopez-Tapia
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Enrique Lopez-Tapia / Mossy leaf tailed gecko (Uroplatus sikorae) camouflaged on tree trunk, Andasibe- Mantadia National Park, Madagascar.
Mossy Leaf-tailed Gecko (Uroplatus sikorae) active at night. Ranomafana NP, south east Madagascar. - Nick Garbutt
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Nick Garbutt / Mossy Leaf-tailed Gecko (Uroplatus sikorae) active at night. Ranomafana NP, south east Madagascar.
Two female Leaf nosed twig snakes {Langaha madagascariensis} Mantadia NP, East Madagascar - Nick Garbutt
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Nick Garbutt / Two female Leaf nosed twig snakes {Langaha madagascariensis} Mantadia NP, East Madagascar
Madagascar Leaf nosed snake {Langaha nasuta madagascariensis} Madagascar - Michael D. Kern
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Michael D. Kern / Madagascar Leaf nosed snake {Langaha nasuta madagascariensis} Madagascar
Flap necked chameleon {Chamaeleo dilepis} camouflaged on branch, South Africa - PREMAPHOTOS
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PREMAPHOTOS / Flap necked chameleon {Chamaeleo dilepis} camouflaged on branch, South Africa
Flap-necked chameleon (Chamaeleo dilepis) foraging for prey in bush. Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique - Jen Guyton
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Jen Guyton / Flap-necked chameleon (Chamaeleo dilepis) foraging for prey in bush. Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique
Mossy frog (Theloderma corticale) captive from Vietnam - Chris  Mattison
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Chris Mattison / Mossy frog (Theloderma corticale) captive from Vietnam
Moss Frog (Theloderma corticale), native to northern Vietnam - Michael Durham
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Michael Durham / Moss Frog (Theloderma corticale), native to northern Vietnam
Japanes giant salamander (Andrias japonicus) camouflaged like a stone, Hino River, Tottori, Japan, August. - Yukihiro Fukuda
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Yukihiro Fukuda / Japanes giant salamander (Andrias japonicus) camouflaged like a stone, Hino River, Tottori, Japan, August.
Madagascar ground boa  (Acrantophis madagascariensis) Berenty Reserve, Madagascar - Edwin Giesbers
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Edwin Giesbers / Madagascar ground boa (Acrantophis madagascariensis) Berenty Reserve, Madagascar
Malagasy tree boa {Acrantophis madagascariensis} Ankarana Reserve, North Madagascar - Nick Garbutt
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Nick Garbutt / Malagasy tree boa {Acrantophis madagascariensis} Ankarana Reserve, North Madagascar
Marine iguanas (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) basking on coastal volcanic rocks, matching the rock colours. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, June. - Tui De Roy
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Tui De Roy / Marine iguanas (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) basking on coastal volcanic rocks, matching the rock colours. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, June.
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