There are many insects out there that might be deadly, therefore we should constantly be extra cautious when outdoors, especially in the forests.
In a recent Facebook post, Missouri Wildlife challenged the online community to identify what is hidden under the dried foliage.
Many people were perplexed and left scratching their heads over this challenge. “This is why you have to watch every step in the woods,” the caption stated.
The majority of users couldn’t see anything on the image. “They’re just stretching the truth. There actually isn’t a snake there, someone commented. Awesome camo! Another said, “I still haven’t seen it, even though I usually can.
Missouri Wildlife published a second image to which they circled the serpent after several people claimed they couldn’t see what they thought was a snake on the first one.
“Once you see it, you can’t unsee it, but I sure struck out without your marking it!” exclaimed someone.
The snake is a Copperhead, one of the most widespread venomous snakes in North America.
Although their bites seldom result in fatalities for humans and their venom is very mild, the hemotoxins in their venom can temporarily damage muscular tissue, assault the circulatory system, and result in breathing issues.
The skin-damaging sharp fangs of these snakes make up for their lack of poison. If treated, the bite is reversible.
According to Live Science, copperhead snakes are pit vipers, like rattlesnakes and water moccasins, and have “heat-sensory pits between eye and nostril on each side of the head,” which are able to detect minute differences in temperature. This allows the snakes to precisely strike the source of heat, which is frequently potential prey.
Around 2,920 of the 7,000 to 8,000 snake bites that occur in the United States each year, according to study, are caused by copperheads.
After discovering three Copperhead snakes hidden in the grass, a dog owner in Fairfax, Virginia, recently called K2C Wildlife Encounters.
Thanks to their knowledge, experience, and keen eyes, wildlife control agents were able to locate the elusive snakes. Later, they shared two pictures of the snakes skulking in the grass and challenged viewers to find them.
“Need to draw a red hat on it so we can do a Where’s Waldo,” one person commented under the photo. The other photo showed the snakes inside a red bucket.
“Look what happens when you have copperheads in leaves,” K2C Wildlife Encounters wrote in a Facebook post. “Magic, they disappear!”
“Snakes are often demonized in the media, and then myths and urban legends play on those created fears,” Bonnie Keller, K2C Wildlife Encounters cofounder, said. “Snakes of any species are much less likely to cause you harm than a dog, horse, cat [or] even a rabbit.”
Those who live in locations where snakes are likely to exist should educate themselves, Keller said.
“Learn about your local snakes so that you understand what they look like and where they are most likely to be found. Knowledge is power.”
If bitten by a snake one should seek medical help right away.
Snakes, of course, are an essential component of the ecosystem, so if you see one outside, be sure to get out of its path. Call a pet service if you happen to find one inside your house.
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