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Walking stick Seeing through Camouflage
Because of their coloring, many animals blend seamlessly into their environment, making it difficult for predators to see them. This strategy is called camouflage, and helps many animals avoid being eaten. There are four basic types of camouflage. Play this Shockwave game and see if you can tell them apart.
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Photos: Coral and king snakes - Nathan Cohen/Visuals Unlimited; leopard, tiger, zebra, polar bear - National Zoological Park, Smithsonian Institute; snowy owl - Jessie Cohen/National Zoological Park, Smithsonian Institute; Leaf-mimicing katydid, wasp-mimicing katydid, tree crab mantid - James L. Castner; treehopper - Valorie Hodgeson/Visuals Unlimited; walking stick - Peter Tyson; spider mimicing moth - Kjell Sandved/Visuals Unlimited.

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