By: David Mizejewski
What fresh horror is THIS?
A recently discovered species, the split-tailed horned viper, has the head of a venomous snake and a spider for a tail. No, it's not some experiment from The Island of Doctor Moreau or the latest cheesy CGI movie monster, it's an actual living creature with a truly stunning adaptation.
Watch this video to learn more about this wonderfully bizarre snake.
No matter how terrifying this snake is on the surface level, you can't help by marvel at the power of evolution when you see it in action. It is perfectly adapted to survive in its desert environment and lure in its bird prey with its spider-decoy tail.
It's a reminder to us all that even animals that are scary looking or potentially dangerous to humans are still amazing and important and worth our protection. Few other groups of wildlife are more maligned--unnecessarily--than are snakes.