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The impressive and sophisticated hunting behavior of the spider’s tail

The unique hunting behavior of spiders' tails
Spider-tailed snakes camouflage and wiggle their tails to lure prey. (Source: Bobby & Laura Bok)

Spiders are a species of viper family, endemic to the desert regions of western Iran.

This snake was first discovered by scientists in 1968, but it was not until 2006 that scientists got a living specimen to test and determined that this was a completely new species of snake.

Possessing a deadly poison, spiders use a very special and interesting way to hunt.

Accordingly, its tail has hard, fringed scales like spider legs, making the tail exactly like a complete spider. That is also the reason this snake is called spider-tailed snake.

Instead of hunting or chasing prey, spiders will hide in the sand or rocks, raise their spider-like tails high and then wiggle to attract prey.

Not only the spider-like shape, the tail of this snake also mimics the way the spider moves to look like a real spider.

The tail will attract the attention of spiders, especially insectivorous birds. When these birds swoop down to hunt, they do not expect themselves to become prey for spiders.

In addition, spiders also use their tails to entice and hunt some other snakes in their living area.

Despite possessing deadly venom, the spider-tailed snake has become the favorite pet of a part of reptile lovers in Iran because of its unique tail and impressive hunting method.

Poaching of this snake has been quite common here, although the number in the wild is not much.

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