8 Spectacular Caterpillars That Look Like Snakes

Red Helen Swallowtail Caterpillar

The red Helen swallowtail caterpillar, a green snake-like larva, dwells in Indian and Southeast Asian woods. Caterpillar defenses vary. It generates a foul-smelling two-pronged hornlike osmeterium when inflamed.

Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillar

Hello, handsome. The spicebush swallowtail caterpillar changes color and stages before becoming a butterfly. Caterpillar thoraxes with huge eyes indicate the snake stage.

Great Orange Tip Caterpillar

Along with artificial snake eyes and markings, snake-mimicking caterpillars mimic their muses' behavior, adding to their snake tricks. The great orange tip caterpillar has a snake-like head posture, preparing to strike.

Jade Hawk-Moth Caterpillar

People can mostly find this species in Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Myanmar, southern China, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia. It is in the Sphingidae subfamily.

Elephant Hawk-Moth Caterpillar

Elephant trunk-like hawk-moth larvae. The dark brown caterpillars have huge eye patches, although they may also be green. Elephant hawk-moths mature into gold and pink.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Caterpillar

The eastern tiger swallowtail inhabits eastern North America. Eastern tiger swallowtail caterpillars enjoy birch, wild cherry, and sweetbay magnolia leaves. The eastern tiger swallowtail adult butterfly eats milkweed and lilac nectar.

Silver-Spotted Skipper Caterpillar

Those huge orange eye markings hint that this caterpillar is about to evolve into a super snake-like creature! The silver-spotted skipper caterpillar has a dark reddish brown head and yellow-orange eye patches and lives in the U.S..

Sphynx Moth Caterpillar

Pictured above is Hemeroplanes triptolemus, Sphingidae, from the Amazon jungle near Puyo, Ecuador. "When disturbed, this larva of a sphinx moth expands and exposes the underside of the first body segments.