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Cerastes gasperettii  Arabian horned viper,Cerastes gasperettii,Fall,Geotagged,Israel Click/tap to enlarge PromotedCountry intro

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  1. Really great shot, Ori! Posted 2 years ago
  2. Fantastic, Ori! Posted 2 years ago
  3. Seeing this has made an otherwise rotten day feel worthwhile! (Current fires, smoke and high temps here on the east coast of Australia). It is so very beautiful, not just the specimen but in its surroundings and your presentation as well. I am wondering how on earth you spotted it. Posted 2 years ago
    1. Sorry to hear that. We almost stepped on it, luckily one if us saw it in the last minute. Posted 2 years ago
  4. Amazing shot, armed and ready to strike Posted 2 years ago
  5. From today's Facebook page:

    What a fantastic photo! The Arabian horned viper (Cerastes gasperettii) is a venomous, side-winding viper that is endemic to the Arabian Peninsula. They are horned vipers, BUT not all individuals have horns. Some just have a prominent brow ridge instead. In fact, there can be a combination of horned and hornless vipers in the very same brood! The exact purpose of the horns is unknown, but they may help keep sand out of the snake’s eyes. This theory seems to be supported by the observation that individuals living in sandy deserts are more likely to have horns than those vipers living in stony deserts. Or, the horns may confuse predators by breaking up the outline of the snake’s head, thus making them more difficult to spot. {Spotted in Israel by JungleDragon moderator, Ori Fragman-Sapir} #JungleDragon #viper #Arabianhornedviper #hornedviper #Cerastesgasperettii #Cerastes #Israel
    Posted 2 years ago
  6. Amazing image! Posted 6 months ago

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''Cerastes gasperettii'', commonly known as the Arabian horned viper, is a venomous viper species found in the Middle East from Israel to Iran, and especially in the Arabian Peninsula. It is very similar in appearance to ''C. cerastes'', but the geographic ranges of these two species do not overlap. No subspecies of ''C. gasperettii'' are currently recognized.

Similar species: Scaled Reptiles
Species identified by Ori Fragman Sapir
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By Ori Fragman Sapir

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Uploaded Dec 9, 2019. Captured Dec 9, 2019 08:58 in Unnamed Road, Israel.
  • NIKON D750
  • f/20.0
  • 1/200s
  • ISO320
  • 100mm