12th November 2019

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Which animal changes color?

chameleons

Considering this, why do animals have different colors?

Animals produce colour in different ways. Pigments are particles of coloured material. Chromatophores are cells containing pigment. Some animals, including many butterflies and birds, have microscopic structures in scales, bristles or feathers which give them brilliant iridescent colours.

What makes an octopus able to change color?

Chromatophores are the main color changing cells in octopus, squid and cuttlefish. The chromatophore is made up of a saccule containing pigment as well as 15- 25 muscles. When the muscles are contracted, the saccule expands making more of the pigment visible.

Why does the arctic fox change color?

Arctic foxes change the color of their fur with the seasons. In winter they are white to blend in with the snow, while in the summer they change to brown!
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