Out of all animals and reptiles, snakes inspire many negative emotions. Whenever people are in the wilderness, their eyes always scan for threats like snakes.
However, solitary reptiles are not easy to spot because snakes are masters at camouflage.
Parveen Kaswan, an Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer, Saturday shared a photograph of a snake that was perfectly hidden amongst dry sticks and leaves on what appeared to be a forest floor.
While sharing the photo, Kaswan wrote, “Camouflage level !! So what do you see”.
In another tweet, Kaswan said the thin grey-coloured snake in the photo is called Mock Viper. Kaswan added that he clicked the photo of the mildly venomous snake, which is highly adept at camouflaging, during a field visit.
Snakes like Mock Viper are found across the Indian subcontinent and they use camouflage to protect themselves from predators as well as to hunt prey by sneakily attacking it.
Snakes are not the only animal that uses camouflage as a survival mechanism. All kinds of birds and marine mammals also use disguises to obscure themselves from danger.
In June, a video of orange oakleaf, a type of butterfly, went viral. The video showed an orange oakleaf lying on the ground looking like a dry leaf, but when a person touches the butterfly, it opens its wings and flies away.
In July this year, marine enthusiast Nick Ruberg recorded a viral video that showed an octopus changing its texture and colour to match the ocean floor in an attempt to hide.