Picture of coiled green and brown chameleon's tail.

Earth’s creatures sport patterns with many purposes

Stripes. Spots. Symmetries. Swirls. In the natural world, patterns help animals attract or repel, blend in or stand out.

This scale-covered pinwheel is a veiled chameleon’s tail, which the animal curls into a tight spiral when it’s startled.
Photographed in LINCOLN, NEBRASKA
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