• Photo taken Locality: Greece, Thessaly, Larissa, Kokkinopilos
  • Photo taken by:
    Trichas, A.
  • Photo taken date:
    April 2007
Nose-horned Viper
Scaled Reptiles
Phrygana diorama
Living Museum

A close-up photo of a Nose-horned Viper, Vipera ammodytes. The scales over the nose form a horn-like structure. Superstitions attribute medical powers to this horn. Its venom is dangerous for humans. When it is threatened, it hisses loud and curls up into defensive position. If handled or stepped on, it will bite. It feeds on mice, birds, reptiles and amphibians.