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Spiders, vipers, and christmas wishes!


Spider-tailed viper, Fathenia et al (2009)

So – did you guess the creature in the last post?.. Well, it was a difficult one for sure. Here’s a reply I sent someone who thought it was maybe some sort of crab..

Believe it or not what you saw in the video is a remarkable reptile: a highly adapted Iranian viper that’s extremely camouflaged. Personally, I’ve seen nothing like it.

Its tail has adapted to look exactly like a spider to attract birds to feed on. It moves its many-legged tail to imitate a spider so perfectly, and is so well camouflaged, that the birds it feeds on just don’t stand a chance!

How amazing is that!

For those of you attempting our christmas quiz, please don’t give up hope, the answers are slightly more easier! 🙂 and you have until New Year day..

 Vivarium Christmas Quiz

First prize for answering all the questions correctly is a behind the scenes tour of the Vivarium at Manchester Museum for you and a friend, anytime in the New Year. Second prize is a wonderful book on Frogs and Toads of the World by Chris Mattison (this can also be chosen by the 1st prize winner if you do not live in the UK).

From me and all of us here in the vivarium, we wish you a very Merry Christmas!!

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