Many animals are extremely adept at blending into their surroundings. So much so, that even the most dangerous types can go unnoticed to the naked eye.
Case in point: a recent photo that has gone viral and is completely baffling the Internet.
The image is of what appears to be a forest floor. Except for a few plants on the edge of the photo, the entire composition is a mix of brown twigs and leaves. Seems pretty ordinary, right? Well, it turns out there is a snake–and a venomous one at that–located right in the middle of the photo!
Received this from a fellow HERper this morning. No caption needed, the task was implied: "can you spot the snake?" 🐍 pic.twitter.com/oVkjOm8ufy— Helen Bond Plylar🐍👩🏼🔬 (@SssnakeySci) April 23, 2017
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The photo was originally posted to Twitter by a person named Helen, using the screen name “SssnakeySci.” Helen claims to be a Ph.D. student studying pythons, boas, and pit vipers. Immediately after the photo went live with the caption “Can you spot the snake?” thousands of people weighed in on the pressing question.
“Even when you see it, it keeps disappearing,” one user commented. And yet another confused viewer thought he spotted the snake in the left corner of the photo.
After Helen finally pointed out the snake, some users acknowledged the post as more than just a simple brain teaser.
“Thanks for the help!” another person commented. “A cautionary tale for birders who are generally looking up!”
If y'all haven't found it yet… Copperhead, aka Agkistrodon contortrix. Cute but venomous, so no touchy! ☺️🐍❤️ pic.twitter.com/pSVMIhFP0o— Helen Bond Plylar🐍👩🏼🔬 (@SssnakeySci) April 24, 2017
Helen identified the snake as a Copperhead, a venomous species often found in Eastern North America. If you are ever bitten by this type of snake, experts say you should immediately go to the hospital. Yikes! Good thing she was able to spot the harmful reptile herself.
All in all, there’s no doubt we stared at this photo for at least 10 minutes before we finally gave up and looked at the spoiler. If you’re able to spot it on your first try, we’re seriously impressed!
See if you can spot the rest of these animals camouflaged into their surroundings!
Camouflage Pet 9
Wait. Are those really cat ears and a pair of eyes toward the upper right, or is it just a part of the fur?
Think you're just looking at a gray rug? Look again! You'll notice there's a gray dog napping on the right.
Camouflage Pet 1
This napping dog looks exactly like his pillow! Still don't see it? Take a closer look at its legs on the left.
Camouflage Pet 3
This one's a bit tricky, but trust us — there's a cat here! If you look at where the sun rays are, you'll notice its little ear is peeking out!
Camouflage Pet 8
What an adorable cat sweater! Or, wait a minute. Is she actually holding her cat?
Camouflage Pet 11
This little kitty found the perfect place to nap! Can you spot its ears?
Camouflage Pet 5
Can you see the napping cat? (Hint: Look closely at the middle of the photo.)
Camouflage Pet 7
No, you're not just seeing a black and white bean-bag chair. Look closely at the white stripe!
Camouflage Pet 12
Do you see the sleeping puppy? Take a closer look at the middle of the picture!
Camouflage Pet 4
We'll admit — had it not been for this cat's eyes, we'd have had a pretty tough time figuring out where it is!
Camouflage Pet 13
Can you find the dog? It's right in the middle of those two stuffed animals!
Camouflage Pet 6
It looks like this sink will be occupied for a while.
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