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Elephant Hawk-Moth
Caterpillar or snake?

Scientific name: Deilephila elpenor
Habitat: Europe, Asia

Even if the caterpillars of the elephant hawk-moth only reach 3.1 inch (8 cm) in length: it’s still scary if you see one in the grass right next to you. At first glance, you might think it was a venomous snake! Its brown camouflage and threatening eye markings make it look pretty similar to a snake.

Elephant Hawk-Moth Elephant Hawk-Moth - Photo: Pincasso/Shutterstock

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