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Ancient Egyptian bestiary: Horned Viper
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Horned Viper

Source: Excerpt, 'Ancient Egypt', Time-Life Books
There are also about Thebes sacred serpents, not at all harmful to men, which are small in size and have two horns growing from the top of the head: these they bury when they die in the temple of Zeus, for to this god they say that they are sacred.

Herodotus, Histories II
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The horned viper, vipera cerastes, is highly poisonous. Viper mummies have been found at Thebes.
 

 
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