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a rhino viper camouflaged in a pile of leaves in Cameroon
March 8, 2013

Rhino Viper, Cameroon

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The element of surprise gives this rhino viper in Cameroon an edge over prey. Quick-kill venom finishes the job. Vipers provide valuable toxins, including those used in drugs for hypertension and heart disease and to control bleeding during surgery.

See more pictures from the February 2013 feature story "The Bite That Heals."

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Photograph by Mattias Klum, National Geographic

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