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The spider-tailed horned viper (Pseudocerastes urarachnoides) is a species of viper endemic to western Iran which was described in 2006. The head looks very similar to that of other Pseudocerastes species in the region, but the spider-tailed horned viper has a unique tail that has a bulb-like end that is bordered by long drooping scales that give it the appearance of a spider. The tail tip is waved around and used to lure insectivorous birds to within striking range.

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La vipère à queue d'araignée (Pseudocerastes urarachnoides) est une espèce de vipère endémique à l'ouest de l'Iran qui a été décrite en 2006. La tête ressemble beaucoup à celle des autres espèces de Pseudocerastes de la région, mais la vipère à queue qui a une extrémité semblable à une ampoule qui est bordée par de longues écailles tombantes qui lui donnent l'apparence d'une araignée. L'extrémité de la queue est agitée et utilisée pour attirer les oiseaux insectivores à portée de frappe.

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Wild animal / Chelicerate / Arachnid / Spider

Wild animal / Reptile / Snake / Viper / False horned Viper (Pseudocerastes sp) / Spider-tailed horned viper (Pseudocerastes urarachnoides)

Species / Relation between species / Predation / Predator

Organism / Morphology / Morphology (zoology) / Tail (animal)

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Behavior / Lure

Species / IUCN Red List of Threatened Species / Data Deficient (IUCN) DD

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Continent / Asia / Middle East (Asia) / Iran

Enumeration / Alone

Individual / Stage of development / Adult

Shot / Portrait

Shot / Close-up

Species / Species particularity / Risky species / Venemous species

Species / Relation between species / Camouflage / Mimicry

Behavior / Hunt / Lying in wait

Organism / Morphology / General morphology / Head

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Vertébré / Reptilia / Lepidosauria / Squamata / Serpentes / Viperidae / Pseudocerastes

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