Spider-Tailed Horned Viper





The Spidersnake
Pseudocerastes urarachnoides


Some people are afraid of spiders.  Some people are afraid of snakes. The spider-tailed horned viper of Iran is a whimsical blending of the two, the most successful two-part combination since the peanut butter cup.  A peanut butter cup of fear.


This Venn diagram of spider and snake is so complete that even birds can’t tell where one ends and the other begins.  Birds should be the resident experts on both, being that they eat one and get eaten by the other. They’ve got a lot of stake in the game.

The spider-tailed viper moves its nubbin in such a spidery, crawly manner that hungry birds can’t resist.  Thanks to its incredibly accurate camouflage, the rest of the snake is impossible to distinguish amongst craggy rocks.  All a bird sees is a tasty meal, but all they get are fangs in the face.

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