Camouflage is one of the most powerful—and effective—defense mechanisms in many animals’ arsenal. Whether they’re using it to hide from predators or in order to sneak up on prey, the ability to blend into their surroundings is invaluable.
Some animals use camouflage so effectively that they’re practically invisible to the naked human eye. That’s exactly why one photo in particular has been making the rounds on the internet.
We’re told that it’s a picture of a snake, but you’d be hard-pressed to find him on your first try. It’s hard to believe how challenging this is…
At first glance, this may look like an ordinary picture of dead leaves in the forest. Some might go so far as to call it “boring.” Yet the truth is anything but. Why’s that, you ask? Well, it’s because there’s a camouflaged snake hiding in here!
@SssnakeySci / Twitter
“Received this from a fellow HERper this morning,” wrote Florida-based herpetology student and Twitter user @SssnakeySci in a tweet. “No caption needed, the task was implied: ‘can you spot the snake?'” It’s since gone viral with thousands of likes and retweets!
We’ve zoomed in a little bit closer to help you find it. Do you see the snake now? It’s amazing to think that you could be walking down a path in the forest and be none the wiser about a dangerous snake in your midst, all thanks to camouflage!
“If y’all haven’t found it yet… Copperhead, aka Agkistrodon contortrix,” wrote the Twitter user. “Cute but venomous, so no touchy!”
@SssnakeySci modified the photo to help everyone out, but it was still stumping folks. Let’s zoom in to the marked-up photograph to get a clearer picture of this snake. He’s in plain sight, technically speaking, but you’d be forgiven if you still couldn’t figure out where exactly he was hiding. Can you see him now?
At this point, you’ve either found the snake, or you’re wondering if this person is just making him up in an attempt to fool everybody. Hopefully, though, by zooming in even more and darkening the image a bit, that confusion will be eliminated!
Now that you’ve gotten such a close and clear picture of the snake, you won’t be able to unsee him! This all just goes to show how formidable a tool camouflage can be. Can you imagine being that copperhead’s prey?
If it’s this difficult for us humans to find the copperhead, just imagine how hard it must be for other animals! This snake might be minding his own business, but you wouldn’t want to mess with him!
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