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Blunt-Nosed Viper,C* Most Venomous Syrian Snake.

Damascus, (SANA)- The Blunt-nosed Viper lives in Cyprus, Turkey and Syria, particularly in the coastal region as huge number of it live there, Biologist Iyad al-Salim said.

Al-Salim told Tishreen Newspaper on Saturday that this species of snakes is the most venomous and the strongest among the Mediterranean snakes.

The head of the snake is broad, flat, and distinct from the neck.

Dorsally, it is covered with small, irregular keeled scales.

The supraoculars are also fragmented or partially divided.

There seems to be a lot of variation in the different scale characteristics.

The snout is rounded and blunt when viewed from above, which is why it is also called the blunt-nosed viper.

The nasal and nasorostral scales are almost completely fused into a single plate, although some variation occurs.

The diameter of Blunt-nosed Viper's body is 10cm while its length is 180 cm.

The body is a mass of strong muscles which the snake uses to protect itself from the bites of the predatory animals, and to rattle its body to escape quickly, in spite of its slow movement.

The color pattern is less varied than one might expect from a species that is so widely distributed.

The head is normally uniformly colored.

The ground color for the body can be gray, brown, beige, pinkish, olive or khaki.

The spots on its body are usually brown, dark gray or black, but are sometimes red, brick, yellow or olive in color.

It is found under short trees with thick shade close to the roots if the outside temperatures reaches 45 Celsius plus.

This viper is very dangerous as it has long frontal fangs estimated at 1cm long, and it eats mice, small animals and birds.

It defends itself ferociously so that it stings itself and dies.

H.

Zain/ R.

al-Jazaeri

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