Hiding in the sand to hide the body, using the tail to pretend to be an insect to attract prey… These are the impressive lip-hunting camouflage arts of the desert sand snake.
The desert sand snake Bitis peringueyi is a venomous viper family native to Namibia and southern Angola (Africa). This snake is small in size, with an average length of 20-25cm.
The highlight of this snake is the ability to camouflage and ambush, which is highly appreciated for its camouflage ability. With rough, sandy skin and eyes located on the top of the head, this snake can easily bury itself in the sand, only protruding the eyes on the top of the head to hunt. Prey can come close to this snake without knowing it and with a quick bite, the prey will be easily caught.
The clip, released by the National Geographic Channel, shows the ability of this snake to camouflage and hunt. Not only hiding in the sand to hide from prey, Bitis peringueyi also uses its tail to wiggle like a worm to attract prey close, before finishing the target with a single bite.
Although many other snakes in particular and other animals in general are very good at camouflage, the ability to camouflage to hunt prey of the snake Bitis peringueyi is evaluated by scientists at a perfect level.