Summary: Up to 40 saw-scaled vipers are regularly spotted in Sharjah's industrial area.
Dr Tamer Al Hussaini, a veterinarian, told Khaleej Times that saw-scaled vipers prefer sandy desert areas but they are attracted to residential areas because of the abundance of prey and water.
However, there have been reports of saw-scaled vipers in the UAE reaching lengths of 70cm.
Reza Khan, wildlife expert at Dubai Municipality, speculated that the snake may have been a saw-scaled viper.
Saw-scaled vipers can grow up to 3ft in length and are mainly found in Africa, Asia and India, where they have a fearsome reputation.
Just days after the county was rocked by reports of a lion stalking coastal caravan sites, a lethal and aggressive saw-scaled viper turned up at Tilbury Docks.
are small but have an irritable and aggressive nature and their lethal venom makes them very dangerous to humans.
Axel Barlow, a first-year PhD student at Bangor University, has produced a research paper on saw-scaled vipers
which shows that snakes which have evolved to feed on scorpions have also evolved venom which is more lethal to scorpions, demonstrating that changes in diet have been an important factor in snake venom evolution.
Axel Barlow's research on saw-scaled vipers
shows snakes which have evolved to feed on scorpions have also evolved venom which is more lethal to scorpions, demonstrating that changes in diet have been an important factor in snake venom evolution.
The researchers worked with DNA isolated from the venom glands of saw-scaled vipers
, the species responsible for most of Africa's snakebite deaths.
Axel Barlow, a Bangor university student, says that his finding is particularly based on his studies into saw-scaled vipers
, which have evolved to eat scorpions.