Anyone who has spent a rainy afternoon at the cottage playing hide-and-seek knows that a good hiding spot is everything.
In the Canadian wild, it’s a little more serious—a superior way of blending in can mean the difference between eating and being eaten, between surviving the depths of winter and, well, not.
These creatures have clearly mastered the art of disguise.
From a distance, an Arctic Fox huddled on a snowy hill could easily be mistaken for a large snowball.
Arctic Hares are native to Northern Canada, where their stark-white fur makes them hard to distinguish from the snowy tundra.
Life is a breeze when you simply look like another piece of peeling tree bark in beautiful British Columbia.
One of Canada's most dangerous predators hangs out on a similar-coloured rocky cliff.
This tiny crab, seen near Parksville, B.C., looks more like a slippery rock than a living thing.
With their snow-white spots, brown fur, and extending antlers that mimic the trees, deer are born camouflaged in their natural surroundings.
This hardly distinguishable grasshopper was spotted in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
Greater Sage Grouse
The rare Greater Sage Grouse's best survival skill is staying low to the ground, where it can easily blend in with rocks, soil, and dry plants.
This large member of the squirrel family lives in mountainous areas where the animal is more likely to get lost among rocks and boulders.
With brownish-grey colouring and a sleek shape, otters can easily blend into swamp, beach, and woodsy areas where they often dwell on the shore.
Effortlessly disguised while taking a snooze in the hole of a tree.
Can you spot the Ptarmigan on the snowy rocks? The bird's snow-white feathers turn a mottled brown colour in the summer.
Native to the prairies and Central North America, from a distance these cranes are barely visible in tall grass.
The illusive snowy owl, or a snow-covered mass on a hill?
Here, the crawling creature looks more like a budding flower than a household pest.
Look out for these warty friends during your next walk through the woods. A brown toad is easily camouflaged on a forest floor full of fallen leaves.