Camouflaged Toads Optical Illusion


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!

How many toads can you see in this photograph?
How many toads can you see in this photograph?

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

  • Jip

    actually i see 3 toads

    • happydoodle

      three toads? maybe four? wow really good camouflage

  • Tuffley

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

  • I see 3

  • neil

    i see three camo-toads

    • katrina

      camo-toads. that’s clever!

  • Henry

    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!

  • anonymous

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

  • Nicole

    The toads are actually fairly easy to see…

  • Detective Kitty

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

  • juian

    3 sapos

  • Nick

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

  • 1st i rock i see 3 toads

  • marco

    Its green and …….. what is this.

    • katrina

      it is a find the hidden objects illusion silly! :D

  • 3 toads . one moth ?

  • Joris

    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.

  • Jenni

    utterly amazing shots!

  • Dwayne

    I see 3 toads

  • whoami

    Amazing!!! :-)

  • popesantaxiv

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

  • Aliyns

    Okay, three toads, all good…

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

    I think I see legs??

  • wicked!!!

  • oswald

    i see four toads.

  • nice illusion….

  • the first thng i saw wer the four toads

  • tyler

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

  • tyler


  • PaperMoon

    Wow that is neat! :)

  • Eva : D

    3 [[:

  • reese

    i see uhhh… 3! i see three toads

  • Pauline M

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

  • Jacob

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

  • Hi

    Three toads!

  • josephine

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

  • stefanie

    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.

  • I see 3 frogs in it

  • awesom

    i wanna c the moth wherr is it??

  • 3

  • Bubbadoo

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

  • courtney

    i see five toads :)

  • 4toads

  • Poripoporing

    Easy, i saw the toads imminently(3)

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