The Hidden Snake in This Photo Is Going Viral. Can You Find It?

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Photo credit: Twitter

Photo credit: Twitter

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Snakes have a sneaky habit of hiding in plain sight. Take, for example, this photo of a slithering reptile that a Twitter user named @SssnakeySci—who is a Ph.D. student studying pythons, boas, pit vipers—posted a few years ago, but has since resurfaced and gone viral.

Can you spot the snake camouflaging in the twigs and leaves?

How about now?

The snake is actually in the middle of the photo:

People were pretty alarmed by this insane level of camouflage, especially since the snake was a copperhead, which is extremely venomous.

Just so you know, if you do get bit by one of these snakes, do not try to suck the venom out. Venom bonds with blood pretty instantaneously; it begins to spread through the bloodstream, and sucking won’t extract it sufficiently. Plus, if you accidentally swallow the venom, you might end up poisoning yourself.

Instead, if you do get bit, first call 911 and the national Poison Control line (1-800-222-1222). Let medical professionals know what the snake looked like, and they can locate the correct antivenin to treat you with. But stay calm: The faster your heart rate is, the faster the venom will spread throughout your bloodstream. Relax while waiting for the medics or an ambulance to arrive, and let the wound bleed to allow the venom to ooze out.

Once you make it to the hospital, you’re in good hands. Besides swelling around the punctured wounds, typical symptoms are nausea, numbness in the face and limbs, vomiting, and shortness of breath. If the medical professionals determine that your bite contained venom, they’ll give you the appropriate antivenin.

Additional reporting by Henry Robertson

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