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McMahon’s Viper

Named in honor of British diplomat Arthur Henry McMahon, the McMahon’s Viper is a relatively small viper snake that is predominantly found in the desert areas of the Mideast.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Serpentes
    Family Viperidae
    Subfamily Viperinae
    Genus Eristicophis
    Alcock & Finn, 1897
    Species E. macmahonii
    Scientific Name Eristicophis macmahonii

    Other Names Asian sand viper, leaf-nosed viper, whiskered viper
    Length No more than 1 m (39 in)
    Coloration Sandy yellow in color (to camouflage in the desert sand) with darker dots
    Distribution Balochistan near the borders of Iran, Pakistan, and Afghanistan
    Habitat Desert regions
    Diet Small lizards, small rodents (especially mice), and occasionally birds
    Venom Fact Venomous
    Clutch Size Up to a dozen eggs
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)

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    Published on January 24th 2017 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 13th June 2019.

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