Definition of horned viper in English:

horned viper


  • A venomous nocturnal snake with an upright projection over each eye, native to the sandy deserts of North Africa and Arabia. It moves in the same way as the sidewinder.

    • ‘The horned viper can grow to lengths of up to 2 ft.’
    • ‘A horned viper moves across the sand with a sideways wiggle so only a small amount of its body comes in contact with the hot surface sand.’
    • ‘The name horned viper comes from the small scale-covered horns just above the eyes of this particular snake.’
    • ‘When it slithers, the horned viper slides sideways across the sand in what is known as sidewinding.’
    • ‘Two men bitten while handling captive Saharan horned vipers in Europe developed extensive local swelling and life-threatening systemic envenoming.’