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Facades and Colours

(P5/6 Science: Adaptations - Camouflage) In the natural habitat, animals evolve and adapt in certain ways to increase their chances of survival and reproduction. One of the most common such methods is camouflage, which is the ability to blend in with the surroundings.

Whether it is by way of adjusting the chromatophores underneath the skin or producing a whole new coat of outer covering to match the seasonal colours, most camouflage involve animals mimicking the look of the immediate surrounds to disguise themselves from would-be predators or sneak up on a prey, sometimes both. Some use it to convey mood, a means to communicate and reproduce for example chameleons, and yet others such as zebras have distinctive patterns on their bodies which when blended together in a herd, serve to visually confuse predators by appearing as one big mass.

The following clip provides some insight:

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