What do you get when you cross a spider with a viper? No, this is neither the setup for an awful pun-based joke, nor is it the unveiling of a horrifying hybrid experiment.
Meet the spider-tailed horned viper (Pseudocerastes urarachnoides), also known as the false horned viper, native to the rugged terrain of western Iran.
Similar to the noisy, rattle-ended tail of the rattlesnake, this snake's spider-like tail lures prey closer. When the prey is within reach, the spider-mimicking snake strikes, killing and devouring its victim.
Check out the video below from Rumoaohepta7 to see a spider-tailed horned viper in action, baiting and consuming an unfortunately inquisitive bird.