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People are struggling to find the rattlesnake hidden in this photo

July 15th, 2021

There’s a dangerous animal hiding among the leaves, can you spot it before it lunges at you?

As the world is experiencing unprecedented heatwaves, the local fauna reacts to these changes as well.

During these times, some of the most dangerous animals seek shelter in places where they can hide from the sun. It also gives them a good place to blend in.

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Flickr - Rob Source: Flickr - Rob

If you’re not careful, you might just end up in the hospital.

This is the case with rattlesnakes, especially with Western Diamondback Rattlesnakes.

Just to prove how treacherously difficult it is to spot a rattlesnake in the wild, Bryan Hughes posted a photo on the Facebook group called the Arizona Snake Identification and Questions.

The photo shows three agave plants and some rocks.

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Facebook - Bryan Hughes Source: Facebook - Bryan Hughes

It seemed safe at first, but if you know what you’re looking for, you’ll find out that this is a very dangerous place to find yourself in.

Western Diamondback Rattlesnakes are common across the Southwestern United States. Just like most rattlesnakes, the Western Diamondbacks are classified as pit vipers.

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Flickr - Mike Lewinski Source: Flickr - Mike Lewinski

Diamondbacks are generalist snakes, which means they aren’t too picky about where they hang out.

They can be found in deserts, plains, forests, hillsides, and some areas along the coast. They spend the hot daytime hours coiled under low-growing shrubs and plans, like agave and desert bushes.

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This makes them extremely dangerous to trekkers who are not careful where they tread.

The photo was taken by Hughes’ company who specializes in snake removal. While rattlesnakes can wriggle their way inside homes and backyards, it became much more common during the hot climate we are experiencing now.

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They warned that if unsuspecting homeowners spot a rattlesnake out during the day, they will likely discover more hiding under shades or inside dens.

Hughes even provided clues to where the rattlesnake is, but it still proved difficult to the greater population of commenters. If you haven’t found it yet, there might be a big chance that you just got bitten.

As posted by Sodapaps on YouTube, he showed how fast a rattlesnake can lunge at you if you’re not careful.

It literally just needed a blink of an eye to inject their venom into your leg.

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The good thing about spotting rattlesnakes, though, is you can hear them more than you can see them. As their name suggests, they rattle their tails as a warning to predators. Even if you can’t see them, you’ll have a general sense of where they’re hiding depending on the rattling noise they make.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 7,000-8,000 people are bitten by venomous snakes in the United States. Fortunately, snake bites are mostly survivable if the victims are given prompt medical care.

If you’re still looking for the snake in the photo above, here’s what Hughes pointed out: Dead center, coiled up in the shade of an agave plant.

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Facebook - Bryan Hughes Source: Facebook - Bryan Hughes

Hughes’ photo isn’t the only hidden snake photo that has gone viral. The photo below has also made the rounds on the internet, and it’s proven to be very tricky.

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YouTube Screenshot - The Red Phoenix Source: YouTube Screenshot - The Red Phoenix

If you’re struggling to find the snake in this photo, click on the video below for the answer.

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Source: YouTube – The Red Phoenix, YouTube – Sodapaps, Facebook – Bryan Hughes, Miami Herald, Desert Museum, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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