horned viper

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horned viper

n.
A venomous snake (Cerastes cerastes) of northern Africa, having a hornlike projection above each eye.
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Whether dead or alive, squished, stuffed, or encased in plastic, there's no earthly reason why you need a sand viper.
Thus, the asp that Cleopatra applied to her breast after having "pursued conclusions infinite of easy ways to die" could have been either of these species or perhaps even the common sand viper (C.
But coroner's officials have not ruled out that another snake, called the Hog-Nosed Sand Viper, may have delivered the deadly bite.