Here’s the copperhead snake!

Here’s the copperhead from today’s earlier “spot the. . .” picture. Not that easy, was it?

Photograph by Jerry Davis | Outline by @SssnakeySci

13 Comments

  1. Posted May 3, 2017 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

    Thanks very much. This is a tremendous demonstration of the effectiveness of camouflage. It is enough to keep me out of the woods…

    • harrync
      Posted May 4, 2017 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

      “…enough to keep me out of the woods…” My first thought too.

  2. Posted May 3, 2017 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    Remarkable. Obvious once outlined.

    • Posted May 3, 2017 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

      Obvious? Even with the blue outline I think it’s still quite tricky to see.

      • infiniteimprobabilit
        Posted May 3, 2017 at 10:09 pm | Permalink

        Yes, decidedly so. How the heck did the photographer ever see it?

        Though I have noted that, with mottled backgrounds, ordinary stereo vision can easily separate detail which, when photographed, is remarkably hard to see. A typical example is narrow overgrown tracks in the ‘bush’ which are obvious to the naked eye but almost disappear into the background in a photo.

        The eye is remarkably good at recognising patterns and detecting movement so the snake may have been much easier to see in real life than the photo.

        cr

    • David Duncan
      Posted May 4, 2017 at 1:06 am | Permalink

      I *still* can’t see it.

      • Posted May 4, 2017 at 8:25 am | Permalink

        Look for his hourglass markings.

        • David Duncan
          Posted May 4, 2017 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

          Ah yes, now I see it. Ta.

  3. Kevin
    Posted May 3, 2017 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    He’d or she’d have me dead.

  4. Michael Fisher
    Posted May 3, 2017 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

    Shame on the “spot the…” setter! It’s exactly in the middle of the picture – against da [unwritten] roolz

    • Mark R.
      Posted May 3, 2017 at 9:20 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, that fact made it easy for me.

  5. Posted May 3, 2017 at 9:47 pm | Permalink

    wow easy to step on that !!

  6. scawalrus
    Posted May 5, 2017 at 9:23 am | Permalink

    As an Aussie Ex-pat, I don’t find this at all surprising, snakes are good at camoflage, disturbingly so.
    The trick is often walking heavily so that they can feel the vibrations of your approach and think of you as too big to be prey. Far from flawless, but helpful.


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