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Can You Spot the Camouflaged Snakes in These 10 Pictures?

Updated: Jan. 20, 2023

Snakes are known for being sly, slippery creatures. See if you can find where they’re hiding in these photos.

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The natural camouflage of a Pacific Gopher Snake (Pituophis catenifer ) makes it almost invisible, as it slithers through the woods in the hills of Monterey, California.
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On the forest floor

Pacific gopher snakes are masters of camouflage. Can you find this some slithering through the twigs? Hint: Keep an eye out for its spotted scales.

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Dangerous snake hidden by camouflage along a path with people walking neaby - Timber Rattlesnake, Crotalus horridus
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On a hiking trail

This timber rattlesnake is hiding in plain sight. Since it blends in with the beige rocks on this hiking path, that makes it a threat to hikers. Watch where you step!

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Snake in the Grass
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In a field

You wouldn’t think twice if you didn’t know there was a snake in it. But look closely. It’s staring right at you!

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Young copperhead snakes can be difficult to see in the leaf litter.
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In the leaves

Copperhead snakes are venomous creatures native to the eastern part of North America. See if you can spot this one hiding among the leaves.

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A danger to hikers and campers - a venomous snake, the Great Basin Rattlesnake, Crotalus oreganus lutosus, blending into its environment
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Peeking into the sunlight

Here’s another potentially dangerous rattlesnake that hikers and campers need to watch out for: the great basin rattlesnake. Can you see it? Hint: Look on the left side of the photo. Then, check out these facts about animals that actually aren’t true.

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A green snake with black pattern on a green tree

On a tree branch

You definitely don’t want to be the person climbing this tree. You could mistake a snake for a branch—just like the green guy hiding in this photo.

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green snake disguise itself with tree branch,Harmonious in green surrounding

On a fence

Here’s a scenic photo of some curvy tree vines—and a sneaky snake! See if you can find it slithering along. Here are more optical illusion photos that aren’t what they seem.

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Cute Indochinese rat snake (Ptyas korros) is slithering on tree with green leaves background. Chinese ratsnake or Indo-Chinese rat snake, is a species of colubrid snake endemic to Southeast Asia.
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Through the trees

There’s an Indochinese rat snake hiding in these trees. These creatures are native to southeast Asia, but you can see what they look like for yourself…if you can spot it!

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Snake hiding among the rocks, Northern Water snake (Nerodia sipedon)

On the rocks

Don’t worry, northern water snakes aren’t venomous, but they’re just as good at hiding as all the other snakes we’ve seen. Hint: Keep your eyes in the center of the photo to spot it.

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Kentucky's common brown snake in brush
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In the brush

Snakes can use their special camouflage talents to protect themselves from predators, but we think they can’t resist a fun game of hide-and-seek! Can you beat this one at its own game?

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horned viper (vipera ammodytes)


You’ve found all of the camouflaged snakes! Want to take your skills to the next level? See if you can find all of these trickily camouflaged animals hiding in nature.