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National Geographic is proud owner of some of the best photos in the world. Here and then a photo jumps out, containing an interesting effect which sometimes can be seen as optical illusion. Just check out this National Geographic tag, and you’ll be amazed how many illusions on this site are from NG. Anyway, today’s optical illusion was submitted by Urban Ambrozic and Grégory Plantard. We get many of “camouflage” illusions, but most of them don’t make it to the front page of Moillusions. This one however, took my attention. First I only saw one campuflaged toad – thought : “hm, its ok”, but after few moments I was able to spot the second and third one! How many of them are there?! Those three leaf-litter toads were collected within yards of each other, and its amazing how they almost disappear on a forest floor in Panama. For them to stay alive in the tropics (where nearly everything is food for something else), often calls for such trickery to fool a predator’s eye. Below the photo, you may see a gallery of few similar photos (by NG as well). Can you spot an insect hiding in each of them? Those little animals could very well put Liu Bolin and Emma Hack to a shame. Amazing!

Camouflaged Toads Optical Illusion

How many toads can you see in this photograph?

Check out National Geographic’s gallery with more camouflaged insects:


43 Responses
  1. Jip says:

    actually i see 3 toads

  2. Tuffley says:

    lol awesome :D
    They’re very well camouflaged :P
    I see 3 toads
    a brown one, gray and kinda sandy colored xD

  3. neil says:

    i see three camo-toads

  4. Henry says:

    allot of the time i just go to the photo and try to work out the illusion without reading your post this being no exception, i didnt get it till i did read the post (how rude ;-) ) nature is good! nice one i like it!

  5. anonymous says:

    omg i only saw one at first too until i saw wat u wrote and looked again and saw the other two

  6. Nicole says:

    The toads are actually fairly easy to see…

  7. Detective Kitty says:

    that’s really cool. I only saw one at first too.

  8. juian says:

    3 sapos

  9. Nick says:

    Three…. I think.
    It can’t be that easy.

  10. someone says:

    1st i rock i see 3 toads

  11. marco says:

    Its green and …….. what is this.

  12. Joris says:

    I read the article in which most of these photos were shown in the Dutch version of the National Geographic Magazine. I think my favorite one is the photo of the two insects that look like leafs. They even have brown spots, edges that look like there has been eaten a little bit of them and little branches as legs.

  13. Jenni says:

    utterly amazing shots!

  14. Dwayne says:

    I see 3 toads

  15. whoami says:

    Amazing!!! :-)

  16. popesantaxiv says:

    Anyone see the butterfly? At the top left, brown.

  17. Aliyns says:

    Okay, three toads, all good…

    Going through the gallery..
    What is meant to be in this picture?!?!


    I think I see legs??

  18. oswald says:

    i see four toads.

  19. Ms.Observant says:

    the first thng i saw wer the four toads

  20. tyler says:

    i get it its a bunch of sckaderd levs that look like tods

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  22. PaperMoon says:

    Wow that is neat! :)

  23. Eva : D says:

    3 [[:

  24. reese says:

    i see uhhh… 3! i see three toads

  25. Pauline M says:

    I see 4…at the top left corner there’s a REAL toad…its very tiny…

  26. Jacob says:

    I see 3…not sure where the fourth is…and the center one i thought was a actual leaf for like..2 minutes

  27. Hi says:

    Three toads!

  28. josephine says:

    They’re pretty easy to see, but it’s still really cool that nature could produce something like that

  29. stefanie says:

    normally i don’t leave comments on anything. however, of all the optical illisions i’ve seen, this one has been the most dissappointing. i spotted the three frogs right away including the moth.

  30. awesom says:

    i wanna c the moth wherr is it??

  31. Bubbadoo says:

    this illusion su ALL OBEY THE CAMO TOAD
    (HAD to be done)

  32. courtney says:

    i see five toads :)

  33. Poripoporing says:

    Easy, i saw the toads imminently(3)

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