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Mock Viper by Culpeo-Fox Mock Viper by Culpeo-Fox
Psammodynastes pulverulentus.

The Mock Viper (as the name implies) is by no means a real viper, but in fact a colubrid whose looks (and behaviour) resembles and mimicks its namesake - fooling potential predators, with a resemblance so uncanny that one can only marvel at evolution and its mechanics. Being rear-fanged, it does possess a mild venom that apparently can have nasty albeit no lethal effects on humans (no death reports exist so far and there is not much known about the venom itself yet).
It's latin genus name, Psammodynastes, translates to "Ruler Of The Sands", although its natural habitat is anything but sand; this traces back to times when it was incorrectly placed into Psammophis, another genus of snakes who do live in sand. In German, it is called "Scheinviper", or "Falschviper" which means "False Viper", while its Thai name, on the oher hand, literally translates to "Fog Snake".

This little snake is also fascinating for having both a pair of enlarged, fixed front fangs and rear fangs, similarly to the dentition of snakes from the Lycodon genus (this again might be an adaptation to hunting durophagus prey, but it could also be to maximize the mimickry effect - their pupils will turn into slits when harassed and they'd open their mouth to show off their "fake fangs", evoking the spitting image of a real viper).

Fun fact: This snake is also said to be one of the few species of snake to possess not just two but three hemipenes (talk about being manly here?!). Oddly, though, i couldn't find any reliable source for that outside Wikipedia (there does exist a video where one specimen of this snake is sexed, though the quality is not good enough to make a final verdict), so i will just leave it here. :P If you happen to know any source-material/scientific papers on that, please show me - i'd love to learn about that.

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Salesters Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2019  Student General Artist
I'm also Thai! Also your art is amazing.
DaisyPop Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2018  Student Digital Artist
I love you and I love this whole series
Emerald-Hearts Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2018
I still aspire to own a series of these pictures printed onto sheet metal and hung around my snake room. Unfortunately, I cannot afford either the prints, the snake, nor the house to put them in at the moment D: One thing at a time though, at least I've got something to look forward to!
Alpha-Pain Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ravenroseserpent Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2018  Student General Artist
Wow love look of this Viper and love the name Fog Snake because it's hide like a fog does
DarkstripeShadowpaw Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2018
These snake windows are so cool!
merdicano Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2018
Looks incredibly fantastic, the art with the glass coloring is beautiful
M5Transmissions Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2018  Student General Artist
I am still pretty pleased from both the drawings and the trivia around each species you show.
You sure love reptiles and raptors!
DRamos97 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
"You're mocking me. Aren't you?"
Combak Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2018
puncat Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ComradeK Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
So there are false vipers too.
Vitaris Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nicely done!
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