SNAKES are very common throughout the country, and half the population is afraid of them.
With this in mind, this means that the ability to spot a snake hiding in the grass is vital.
The photos were shared on Facebook as a challenge to users Credit: Ohio Department of Natural Resources
After people saw the snake, many said it was “cute.” Credit: Ohio Department of Natural Resources
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources decided to test their social media followers as a warning amid warmer weather.
On its Facebook page, the department posted two photos of what appeared to be close-ups of bits of grass and leaves.
The post read: “I see something slippery with my little eye.
“If you’re having a hard time finding a regular garter snake in these images, don’t feel bad.
“Snake camouflage works! Snakes and other creatures use camouflage to blend in with their surroundings to protect themselves from predators or give them an advantage while hunting for prey.
“You can find them in a variety of settings, including the H2Ohio wetlands.
“Don’t forget to watch your step while enjoying the nice weather!”
In the first image, what at first appears to be just grass, two eyes can be seen looking directly at the camera.
A tiny common garter snake has its head raised between two blades of grass to the right of center of the image.
In the second photo, he is again seen with his head raised at the left edge of the image.
A study called Fear the Serpent from the National Library of Medicine found that “half the population experiences anxiety about snakes.”
But several people commented on the challenging post about how “cute” the garter snake was.
People responded, “That little face is adorable,” and another called it “so cute.”
Less enthusiastic users said, “I don’t want to see it” and “I feel blind and scared.”
Several people have shared their own photos of snakes they’ve found in their area as the weather warms.
A mom told a funny story about her son’s encounter with a snake.
She said: “My three-year-old son went looking for one I caught and moved two weeks ago and he bit it and left two little marks on his finger, but he laughed and said no worms and went about his day.
“So I showed him the worm and he screamed and ran away because it wasn’t a dangerous noodle, he just saw it and bit into it.
“Worms scare him, snakes don’t.”
According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, garter snakes are identified by the long stripes on their bodies that give them their name.
The slender, medium-sized reptiles are commonly found throughout the country and typically grow to between 18 and 26 inches in length.
Some people were ‘scared’ that they couldn’t see it because that meant they wouldn’t be aware of its presence in real lifeCredit: Ohio Department of Natural Resources
The garter snake is incredibly common and its peak breeding season began in March and should end in April Credit: Ohio Department of Natural Resources