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Lebanon and Sand viper

Discussion in 'Not So Spineless Wonders' started by Nir Avraham, Aug 10, 2019.

  1. Nir Avraham

    Nir Avraham Arachnoknight Active Member

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    Some pictures of vipers I took recently in Israel.
    A beautiful juvenile Lebanon viper (Montivipera bornmuelleri), found on the Hermon mountain (2000 meters above sea level).
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    A baby Arabian sand viper- Cerastes gasperettii
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    Horned sand viper- Cerastes cerastes
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    Saharan sand viper- Cerastes vipera, adult female that almost bit me in the finger
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  2. schmiggle

    schmiggle Arachnoprince Active Member

    Very cool! Haven't been back around that way for a very long time.

    How do differentiate between the three Cerastes species? They look very similar to me.
     
  3. basin79

    basin79 Arachnoemperor Active Member

    Thanks for sharing. Stunners.
     
  4. Nir Avraham

    Nir Avraham Arachnoknight Active Member

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    C. vipera and C.gasperetii are very similar, but both of this species are found in different dunes in the Israeli desert. C. vipera and C. Cerastes can be found in the north-west Negev dunes, and the C. gasperetti are found in the Arava. All those species can be found only on sand...
     
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