This polar bear blends in nicely with its snowy background. Why do animals need to blend in, or be camouflaged to their backgrounds?
Some animals hide in plain sight in order to survive in the wild! You might be thinking, how does this work? When you play hide-n-seek, can you just sit in the middle of the room? No, you will be found immediately. The difference between humans and animals who hide in the open is that these animals have colors and patterns that allow them to disappear, almost becoming invisible before your very eyes.
Here is a good example. What is hiding in the forest?
This fish is see-through-able, so it can look like any background it is near.
Can you find the birds? What makes an animal camouflaged? Think about a hunter. Why does a hunter wear camo? Does it help the hunter to blend in with the background of the forest?
Watch out for the snakes! What colors allow each one to be camouflaged to their background?
This Greybanded King Snake is camouflaged to its background. Would it be camouflaged to its background if it lived in short green grass though?
This alligator is doing a good job of hiding. Would it be camouflaged to its background if it had a bright pink body?
Animals that are camouflaged to their background have a much better chance of survival. They are less likely to be eaten if they are hard to find. This is one of the most famous creatures for camouflage since they can change colors to match their backgrounds. Think of how good you would be at hide and seek if you could change colors!