Pic shows snake 'camouflaging' with dry sticks; IFS officer asks 'what do you see'
Many species of snakes are very good at hiding. They get easily camouflage themselves to blend into their environment, escape predators, or prey on smaller creatures.
Some species camouflage to hide and some scare away predators with bright colours.
Camouflaging is the precise reason why solitary snakes are not easy to spot in the wilderness.
A great example of such a perfect camouflage was caught on camera and shown to the internet audience by Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer, Parveen Kaswan.
He shared a photograph in which a small snake was perfectly hidden amongst dry sticks, leaves, and a big pebble on the forest floor.
Kaswan wrote: "Camouflage level !! So what do you see."
In a follow-up tweet, Kaswan identified the reptile as a Mock Viper.
"This snake is called as Mock Viper. Mildly venomous. See how good it is in camouflaging. Just today’s random click from field," he wrote.
Common mock viper's scientific name is Psammodynastes pulverulentus. They are a mildly venomous species of snake native to Asia.
Mock vipers are small in size. Their total length ranges up to 26 inches, less in males. But they are known to form defensive coils and strike in viper-like fashion when threatened.
The common mock viper is known from Bangladesh, Myanmar (Burma), Cambodia, China (Fujian, Yunnan, Guangxi, Guangdong, Hainan), Hong Kong, NE India