CAN you spot the three snakes hidden between the leaves in the picture below?
The snakes in the picture are copperheads, a venomous species of pit viper found in eastern parts of North America, and they are masters of camouflage.
Copperheads have a distinctive hourglass pattern on their scales. which, combined with their brown coloring, makes for extremely effective camouflage.
As a result, they can blend in well with their surroundings and are very difficult to spot, for example, in fallen leaves.
As adults, they can grow to about 22 to 36 inches tall, the Florida Museum of Natural History explained.
The image was taken by Bonnie Keller, who works with wildlife company K2C Wildlife Encounters in Virginia.
“I had just released them, so I knew where they were,” Bonnie said Newsweek.
“But it was amazing how easily they blended in, so I took the picture.”
“Evolution has favored this coloration to protect them from predators like foxes, birds of prey, etc.,” she said.
Bonnie’s picture was shared by K2C on Facebook and viewers were shocked when they actually found it.
“Look what happens when you have copperheads in leaves…magic, they disappear!!” the post read.
“Fortunately, Copperheads tend to hang out in places where there is more cover, but watch out!”
One user revealed that she learned how effective Copperhead camouflage can be “the hard way” when her pup was bitten by one of the snakes.
“Bonnie helped relocate the copperhead that was hanging in the front yard next to our bushes where there was mulch and leaves and we’ve since kept our yard a little more organized and hopefully not as hospitable to snakes,” commented another .
Did you spot them?
If not, don’t worry because Bonnie has outlined their locations in the edited image below.