Gaudy Sphinx Caterpillar

I have been scouring the internet trying to find out what this creature is that we found. If you can help me with identification, that would be great. If not, I would appreciate anything you can tell me to lead me in the right direction to find this information. What I can tell you is that this creature was found in Hillsborough County, Florida on a blackberry bush. It is approximately 2 – 3 inches in length. It appears to me that the bigger end with the “eyes, nostrils and teeth” is not the actual head, but the tail end. The other end with the smaller triangular shape, appears to be the head. This end latches onto the blackberry as if eating. This end is the end that appears to direct movement. The circle on the top of this “head” is interesting in that it appears to blink or have some type of movement like a flicker of a tongue or something. Thank you so much for your time.
Michele Petys

Hi Michele,
The Gaudy Sphinx Moth Caterpillar is a very effective snake mimic, which helps to deter birds.

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