This spider-tailed snake is the very definition of ‘nope’

Kill it with fire.


Miles Klee

Internet Culture

Published Apr 3, 2015   Updated May 29, 2021, 3:57 am CDT

Not only is evolution a fact, that shit is fucked up: Less than a decade ago, scientists stumbled across Pseudocerastes urarachnoides, or the spider-tailed horned viper—an Iran-dwelling species with a crafty and horrifying method for attracting prey.

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The aptly named reptile has an elaborate bit of arachnid-shaped finery at the end of its body that it wiggles around to attract, say, a delicious bird. Once an unsuspecting victim takes the fake-spider bait, the rest is too easy.

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Yeah, this has to be GIF’d to be believed.

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Try to avoid falling into a pit of these venomous monsters, OK?

Photo via Rumoaohepta7/YouTube  

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*First Published: Apr 3, 2015, 7:30 pm CDT