False horned viper (Pseudocerastes
Another rare viper that lives in the mountains of the UAE is the
false horned viper (Pseudocerastes persicus ). It does
not occur at altitudes lower than 400 m above sea-level and it
does not venture out into the open desert. With a typical bulky
viper-like body, it has a very broad head with short horns above
the eyes. It is hinge-fanged like the other vipers and lacks a
very distinct colour pattern on its body, being rather uniform
dark grey or brown, blending well with the rocky habitat it favours.
At 90 cms total length it is the largest of the vipers occurring
in the United Arab Emirates.