Image: Günter Leitenbauer
9. Desert Horned Viper
The desert horned viper is found in the Middle East and North Africa. It has little horns over each eye which makes it easily recognizable. This is a case where the snake’s toxicity varies according to which scientists you believe; its LD50 ranges from 0.4 to 0.1, though Ernst and Zug state the latter figure. The desert horned viper is known for sidewinding, a form of movement whereby it presses its weight into the sand to move across the loose surface. We’re tempted to say this is one diabolically venomous snake.