Desert Horned Viper - Cerastes cerastes

Cerastes cerastes is a venomous viper species native to the deserts of Northern Africa and parts of the Middle East. They often are easily recognized by the presence of a pair of supraocular horns, although hornless individuals do occur.


Arid north Africa (Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania and Mali, eastward through Algeria, Tunisia, Niger, Libya and Chad to Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia and Somalia) through Sinai to the northern Negev of Israel. In the Arabian Peninsula, it occurs in Yemen and extreme southwestern Saudi Arabia, where it is sympatric with C. gaperettii. A report of this species being found in Lebanon is unlikely, according to Joger (1984). ~

  • Sarah-Vie PRO 7y

    Wow, Wonderfull picture! beautifull eye.
  • ~~Summer~~ 7y

    Powerful image!
  • Conor Ryan 7y

    Beautiful capture!
  • whatsparetime PRO 7y

    I had one of these bite my boot once when i was in Kuwait... scared the dickens out of me... I don't think I'd ever get that close to one again LOL...

    The eye is amazing. They really are amazing looking when you don't accidently disturb their home, beautiful shot
  • Nan Moore 7y

    Oh, the perspective and clarity of this shot are a look!
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  • Karmageddan 7y

    Incredible shot.
  • Carlos Pro 7y

    The Devil in Earth, maybe...?
  • Benjamin Archibald 7y

    Love It!
  • d_smets 3y

    Great shot!
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