One celebrity biologist says it “might be the most invisible” he’s ever seen.
Others on Twitter think they are being pranked.
But there really is a snake in the “find the snake” tweet driving people mad.
With some image manipulation, and some crayon work, we can just about make it visible.
“Of all camouflaged animals, this might be the most invisible I’ve ever (eventually) seen”, said celebrity biologist Richard Dawkins.
Others are convinced they are being pranked.
But there really is a snake in the “find the snake” tweet that is driving them mad. It is right in the middle of the frame, it is not particularly small, and there is no funny business going on – just some really good natural camouflage.
Find the snake pic.twitter.com/N4q0MzYrkx
— Tim Urban (@waitbutwhy) May 7, 2021
The trick, as Dawkins says, is to look for a repeating pattern of triangles – which are slightly more visible with the contrast turned up – that form an “S” shape.
Only the two curves of the snake’s body are really visible, even once you know exactly where to look.
Here it is, close up…
… but you may have trouble spotting it, even zoomed in, without markers.
If so, don’t despair, it’s not just you.
It’s dead centre, shaped like an S. Look for a repeated triangle pattern along the back.
For me it’s not a case of, “Once you’ve seen it, you can’t unsee it.” Quite the contrary. Every time I look, I struggle anew to see it.
— Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) May 10, 2021