Science Questions

How do squid change color?

 

How do squid change color?

 

The squid's skin contains many cells of different colors. These cells are called chromatophores. Each cell can be made smaller or larger by the contraction of muscles.

So the squid simply flexes the correct muscles to make the cells of the desired color larger and to make all the other colored cells smaller. And that makes the squid change color.

 

Photo courtesy of Photoshot Holdings Ltd./Alamy

Tell Us What You Think

Tell us what you think about what's on this page. We're always working to make this site better, and your thoughts are very helpful. We are not able to respond to these messages, but we do read them carefully.