This Unique Viper Uses A Spider On Its Tail to Lure In Prey (Video)

Meet the Persian horned viper (Pseudocerastes urarachnoides). The snake, which lives in the western portions of Iran, is commonly referred to as the spider-tailed viper because of the strange spider-like structure attached to its rear end.

By shifting its tail back and forth, the snake is able to create an incredibly realistic illusion of a spider moving around.

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The viper uses this unique adaptation to lure in creatures like birds that see a spider as a tasty snack.

When the unsuspecting victim moves in to get a closer look, the viper strikes. Check it out in the video below:

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