Why do vipers have triangular heads?

Why do vipers have triangular heads?

Almost all vipers have a distinctive triangular head, according to Discover magazine. This head shape is due to the placement of their large venom glands in the mouth. Some nonvenomous species have evolved a similarly shaped head in order to potentially trick predators into thinking they are vipers.

What is unique about viper snakes teeth?

Vipers have wide jaws that house long fangs and large venom glands. The fangs fold up against the roof of the mouth when they are not needed.

What are the characteristics of a viper?

Vipers are characterized by a pair of long, hollow, venom-injecting fangs attached to movable bones of the upper jaw (the maxillaries) that are folded back in the mouth when not in use. Their eyes have vertical pupils, and their scales are keeled.

Can a venomous snake breed with a non venomous snake?

MYTH! Although it is sometimes possible for similar species to interbreed, such events are extremely rare. The young resulting from such an event are usually unable to breed. There is no documented account of a venomous snake species interbreeding with a non- venomous species.

Where are horned vipers found in the world?

All horned vipers live in Africa and the Middle East but the nose-horned viper, which are found in Europe and Asia. A new species, named Matilda’s horned viper (Atheris matildae) was discovered in Tanzania in 2012.

What kind of color does a horned viper have?

Horned vipers. They are also distinguishable by their bright coloration and appear in vibrant yellows or greens (the most common coloration), pinks, purples, silver, dark gray or brown, according to the ADW. Their coloring is camouflage and allows them to blend in with banana bunches or flowers.

What kind of eyes does a copperhead viper have?

These vibrant vipers are a bright Kelly green and have vivid yellow eyes. Their jaws are white or yellow, presumably giving rise to their white-lipped name. Males have a narrow white stripe running down the sides of their bodies. Like other pit vipers, copperhead snakes give birth to live young.

What kind of snakes are in the Viper family?

The family Viperidae includes adders, pit vipers (like rattlesnakes, cottonmouths and copperheads), the Gaboon viper, green vipers and horned vipers.