CAN you spot the sneaky snake hiding amongst the trees in this forest?
Social media users have been left scratching their heads after Aussie snake catchers shared the picture of the deadly reptile lurking amongst the picturesque greenery.
Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers, a professional snake-catching service based in Queensland, uploaded the brainteaser to their Facebook page after they were called out to a worksite in Mooloolaba.
The savvy snake catchers wrote in the puzzling post: "Name the species if and when you find the snake.
"Hint: This snake blends into this type of environment and loves climbing PS: YES there is a snake here….."
The master of disguise managed to camouflage itself so well that some users were convinced there was nothing to see.
"OK if I could, I would circle the whole photo," one joked.
Another baffled commenter complained, "This makes my head hurt!"
"Sorry, still don’t see a snake…guess I should never go walking in the forest," another added.
One scoffed, "It’s a Wally snake – Where’s Wally."
Another user circled nine spots in the image, joking she had found the slippery beast.
The image was uploaded to Facebook as part of the Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers weekly game of "Spot the Snake Sunday".
As amateur snake spotters weighed in, most were forced to admit defeat and confessed they were stumped by the conundrum.
One person bewildered by the reptile riddle wrote: "I just read the comments and let others do the work. To quote Westy (a well-known snake catcher in the team), ‘there it isn’t’."
"Even when I look at the circled areas I still can’t see a snake," one said.
The snake-catching squad applauded their follower's efforts before revealing it was a common tree snake slinking back up the trees in the bottom right corner.
The Dendrelaphis punctulatus species are mildly venomous snakes, commonly found across Queensland that can grow up to 6.5 feet in length.
The camouflage champion often worms its way from woodlands and rainforests into trees and gardens.
They enjoy chowing down on frogs and reptiles and tend to nap in tree hollows, crevices, and foliage.
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