Geographical Range Iran, Afganistan, Pakistan
Habitat Rocky, sandy areas
Scientific Name Eristicophis macmahoni
Conservation Status Not listed by IUCN

This unique snake is well adapted for life in the fine, loose sand of shifting dunes. The peculiar rocking movements of its body help it sink rapidly into the sand. From this hidden position, it waits to ambush its prey of lizards and arthropods. The leaf-like scales on the viper's nose may prevent sand from entering its nostrils when it is buried beneath the surface.

Did You Know?

This snake is venomous.