Can you spot the venomous snake camouflaged amongst nature?

We all love an optical illusion, but this one is particularly hard.

A herpetology student named Helen recently tweeted a photo of a snake completely blended into nature. So much so that it’s simply impossible to spot it at first glance (unless you truly do have eyes like a hawk).

Helen, who’s from Florida, was sent the photo by Whitney G. Walkowski, a fellow herpetology student. She posted it to Twitter alongside the caption: ‘Received this from a fellow HERper this morning. No caption needed, the task was implied: “can you spot the snake?”’

So, without further-ado, let’s see how good your eyes are:

According to Helen, the snake is a Copperhead, which is an Agkistrodon contortix, a ‘cute’ but venomous snake which is usually found in Eastern North America.Live Science says that Copperheads are pit vipers, like rattlesnakes and water moccasins, and have heat-sensory pits between he and nostril on each side of head, which are able to detect minute differences in temperatures and help the snakes to accurately strike their prey.

As you can tell by the photo, they’re also incredibly good at camouflaging themselves in hopes of finding their lunch.

Still haven’t found it? No bother – just scroll below to see where the snakes hiding (though stop scrolling if you’ve set yourself the challenging task of finding it yourself!)

(Picture: Whitney G. Walkowski)

If it took you a while to find it, don’t worry, you’re not alone. These Twitter users also struggled:

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