March 8, 2013

Rhino Viper, Cameroon

Photograph by Mattias Klum, National Geographic

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The element of surprise gives this rhino viper in Cameroon an edge over prey. Quick-kill venom finishes the job. Vipers provide valuable toxins, including those used in drugs for hypertension and heart disease and to control bleeding during surgery.

See more pictures from the February 2013 feature story "The Bite That Heals."

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Sur Pan
Sur Pan

Butterfly on the spine

Myra Linara
Myra Linara

What a brilliant camouflage! I would have certainly stepped on the viper, not knowing that it was there.
Can't imagine something so venomous can be so beautiful.

Benn Jenkins
Benn Jenkins

@Myra Linara unfortunatley in the world of nature, the most beautiful things are often the most deadly... but a real sense of satisfaction when you manage to get close enough to take a picture and live to tell the tale!

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