Hide and sssss-eek! Deadly snake almost impossible to spot as it blends perfectly among its surroundings

WIM VAN DEN HEEVER / CATERS NEWS - A Peringueys adder snake hidden amongst the grains of sand.

WIM VAN DEN HEEVER / CATERS NEWS – A Peringueys adder snake hidden amongst the grains of sand.

Can you SSSSSSSSS-SEE me? At first glance this picture looks far from exciting but take a closer look and you’ll realise there’s more to it than meets the eye.

Hidden amongst the grains of sand is a snake, its skin camouflaged perfectly among its surroundings.
With just its beady eyes visible this sneaky snake – a Peringuey’s adder snake – is almost impossible to spot.
WIM VAN DEN HEEVER / CATERS NEWS - At first glance this picture looks far from exciting but take a closer look and youll realise theres more to it than meets the eye.

WIM VAN DEN HEEVER / CATERS NEWS – At first glance this picture looks far from exciting but take a closer look and youll realise theres more to it than meets the eye.

 

Sharp eyed photographer, Wim Van Den Heever was not only lucky enough to spot the snake but managed to capture the master of disguise at work.

Wim, 43, uncovered the snake while leading a photographic safari tour in the Namib desert in Namibia, Africa.

WIM VAN DEN HEEVER / CATERS NEWS - A Peringueys adder snake hidden amongst the grains of sand.

WIM VAN DEN HEEVER / CATERS NEWS – A Peringueys adder snake hidden amongst the grains of sand.

 

He said: “Part of what we do when we are photographing in the desert is spend time looking for these desert animals and you don’t always find them.

“We followed tracks to find this snake, it wasn’t a surprise as such, but once he is settled in the sand it is very difficult to spot him, so we were lucky.

“These snakes stay under the sand lying in ambush trying to catch geckos and lizards.

“It is also part of the defence mechanism, it would be pointless for the snake to try and move away in an open environment so it is a natural thing for them to hide under the sand.

WIM VAN DEN HEEVER / CATERS NEWS - With just its beady eyes visible this sneaky snake a Peringueys adder snake is almost impossible to spot.

WIM VAN DEN HEEVER / CATERS NEWS – With just its beady eyes visible this sneaky snake a Peringueys adder snake is almost impossible to spot.

 

“These snakes are quite small which makes it even more difficult but you look out for an indent in the smooth sand.

“I love working with animals, I am always happy to see I’ve captured the animal the way it is in nature, undisturbed under the sand.
“I’ve seen these snakes before but I have never photographed them still submerged in the sand”