This Viper’s Spider Tail is Guaranteed to Make You Squirm

In 1968, a group of researchers, known as the Second Street Expedition, were exploring the Zagros Mountains in Western Iran, looking for new types of reptile and amphibian species. The came upon a snake with a lark corpse in its belly and perhaps the strangest tail of any member of the class Reptilia. It was the first sighting of a spider-tailed horned viper in the 20th century, and its morphology was so bizarre that it wasn’t until 35 years later, in 2003, that the tail, which looks...


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