various animals in a golden field featuring an elephant, giraffe, zebra, bird, lion, ox, and cheetah

How Many Animals Are Hidden In This Picture? Only 1% Of People Can Find Them All

Did you know that animals can create their own optical illusions? Most people associate optical illusions with black and white pictures that look like they are moving or a portrait of two people at once. But animals did it first. Many use camouflage to blend into their environment, often to help them hide from predators or ambush prey. Think of the Arctic fox among snow or tiger stripes blending into complex backgrounds. But there are masters such as cuttlefish who can change the color and pattern of their skin within seconds. In fact, cuttlefish are more masterful at disguises than chameleons. [1

In celebration of this incredible feat, here are some pictures inside of pictures. How many animals can you find in these optical illusions? Hint: There are a lot more than you think.

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How Many Animals Are in These Optical Illusions?

Photo #1

How Many Animals Are in These Optical Illusions?
Photo credits: Brightside

While there are some big and obvious animals in this picture, take an extra moment to make sure you catch all of the little hidden ones. You may find more than you initially imagined. In addition to using an eye for detail, you can utilize your imagination to spot animal shapes you may have overlooked. When you are ready, scroll to check your answers.

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How Many Animals Are in These Optical Illusions?
hoto credits: Brightside

Answer: There are 10 animals in the picture.

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  1. Bear
  2. Cow
  3. Wolf
  4. Rabbit
  5. Snail
  6. Butterfly
  7. Rat
  8. Bird
  9. Cat
  10. A second snail (but this one is debatable)

Photo #2

How Many Animals Are in These Optical Illusions?
Photo credits: Midwest NPS

Same drill here, but this picture is a little more complex. Remember not to overlook any small shapes and details. And don’t be afraid to use your imagination to find more animals. You may discover ones that we haven’t found.

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How Many Animals Are in These Optical Illusions?
Photo credits: Midwest NPS

Answer: There are 12 animals in the picture.

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  1. Bison
  2. Bear
  3. Elk
  4. Wolf
  5. Lizard
  6. Bat
  7. Fish
  8. Squirrel
  9. Bobcat
  10. Rabbit
  11. Bird
  12. Beaver

Photo #3

How Many Animals Are in These Optical Illusions?
Photo credits: Heart Radio

You know the drill by now, but here’s a little hint: There are more animals in this one than in the previous ones. So take extra time examining these silhouettes to see if you could find more here than in the others. And once again, scroll when you are ready to check your answers.

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How Many Animals Are in These Optical Illusions?
Photo credits: Heart Radio

Answer: There are 16 animals in this picture.

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  1. Prawn
  2. Hen
  3. Crocodile
  4. Dolphin
  5. Bird head
  6. Fish
  7. Beaver 
  8. Tortoise
  9. Elephant 
  10. Mosquito
  11. Donkey
  12. Dog
  13. Snake
  14. Swordfish
  15. Cat
  16. Mouse

If you enjoy these riddles, you’ll enjoy these brain teasers and puzzles:

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Sources

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  1. “Which optical illusions can animals see?National Geographic. Mary Bates. November 24, 2020
Sarah Biren
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Sarah is a baker, cook, author, and blogger living in Toronto. She believes that food is the best method of healing and a classic way of bringing people together. In her spare time, Sarah does yoga, reads cookbooks, writes stories, and finds ways to make any type of food in her blender.
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