Saharan Horned Viper (Cerastes cerastes)

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Wikipedia states “In the wild they are typically ambush predators, lying submerged in sand adjacent to rocks or under vegetation. When approached, they strike very rapidly, holding on to the captured prey (small birds and rodents) until the venom takes effect.” I’m going to go out on a limb and say that it’s probably a fairly effective strategy.