1. Cuttlefish can change their color in a split second.
These relatives of the squid can control the balance of pigment in their skin, which means they always look great in photographs.
2. Some octopus can change both the color and texture of their skin.
While most of us are worried about keeping our skin free of bumps, this octopus uses muscles in its skin to bump up at will to mimic rocky surfaces.
3. Chameleons are the masters of camouflage on land.
Their colorful and bright appearance almost makes up for their cold-blooded and awkward demeanor.
4. Armadillos roll up into an armored ball.
It’s like a living Popple, but a little less cute.
5. This cat can transform into a potato bug.
It’s basically the same as the armadillo, but with a soft, fluffy exterior instead of a spiky shell.
6. Pufferfish gulp down gallons of water and transform into a ball of spikes.
In a matter of seconds, the pufferfish goes from being the cute, large-eyed pug of the sea, to a swimming nightmare.
7. Golden tortoise beetles can turn to gold.
Well, gold-colored at least. These little guys do this to freak out their predators and to be cooler than ladybugs.
8. Cobras extend their hood when they are threatened or in a fight.
This makes them look scarier to both their predators and prey, as if generic snakiness wasn’t scary enough already.
9. This dog can go cross-eyed on command.
It’s a subtle transformation with questionable evolutionary benefit, but this dog is probably popular at parties.
10. Peacocks expand their feathers in the throes of passion.
However, if you were a normal bird, like a duck or a robin, it would probably be intimidating to ask a peacock out on a date.
11. When threatened, owls puff up to look five or six times their actual size.
I’m not sure who they’re fooling.
12. Stick insects assume the shape of a branch and hold perfectly still to avoid predators.
While this is a good way to avoid being eaten, living your life as a dead branch has some major social downside.