Spider-tailed horned viper (Pseudocerastes urarachnoides), also known as Persian viper, is a species of viper endemic to Iran. It was discovered/described in 2006, and what makes it interesting is its tail, which has evolved to look like a spider.
The snake uses its tail to lure animals that eat the insects within the attack range. Then it strikes from its rocky camouflage bringing death to the unsuspecting animal.
This is not the only animal which uses so called feeding mimicry to attract prey. The behavior is seen in a number of snakes and couple of lizard species, but is also seen with some fish species. However, it is mostly used by snakes (predominately vipers), but the Persian viper seems to be the most bizarre with its spider-tail.
A devastating and fascinating creature much like the jaguar or Tibetan mastiff and tarsier and wolf spiders.
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It is easy to see why a bite from a Persian Viper could be so devastating. Venom is produced by the venom glands on the skin, and they are located deep within the body. If you are bitten, and there is not enough time for the venom to take effect, then the bite will be fatal. And to make matters worse, the venom can cause death if the person who is bitten is not immediately taken to a hospital, as it will quickly spread throughout the body.
Fact No. Number One: The Persian Viper is mainly used in the Middle East for this type of work. They mainly use the snake to do scientific research, but as mentioned above, this type of venom makes a person very weak, and then they cannot fight off the effects of the venom, which will spread through the body. However, it is important to remember that this type of poison is primarily used for scientific research and is not used for humans. So, when one is bitten, the most important thing is to seek medical attention.
Fact No. Number Two: The venom produced by the Persian Viper is even more powerful than that produced by the Western Tiger Snake. That fact alone makes the death of a victim much more deadly. Remember, this type of venom is extremely toxic and it will spread all over the body, if the person is not taken to a hospital right away.
Facts Three and Four: Most people that are bitten by a Persian Viper, and then taken to a hospital, are very rarely able to survive. But, you must remember that most hospitals do not do research on snake bites. They do not know the type of venom, and so they will not carry out any tests or research. And even if they did carry out some kind of testing, most of them do not have the knowledge of the type of snake.
Finally, while these facts may seem very shocking, we must remember that the snake has been around for hundreds of years. This type of snake will only become dangerous if it is mistreated, and if it is introduced into the wrong environment. It is very important that you are not handled in a specific way. Also, if you are not an experienced snake handler, you should not handle it.
To sum it up, there are a few different type of snakes that could be found in the world. And the species of snake that is used for scientific research, will most likely be found in a certain country. Of course, you do not want to bite someone in Iran, and then find out that you have the wrong snake, because the Iranians do not use this type of snake, and so they are very scared of getting bitten by a snake in their country. And the people in Iran are very much afraid of dying from a Persian Viper bite.
Fact No. Seven: A healthy person should not handle a snake for anything other than scientific research, as the venom in the venom can kill a person if the snake is not given proper care. So, while handling the snake, make sure that you are covered in a wet cloth, and then immediately take to a hospital as soon as possible.