This snake was killed in graveyard Peshawar (Pakistan). I just wonder what is this? Is it a snake? Baby crying sounds were reportedly heard from graveyard in Peshawar after months of search the sounds of baby crying were identified and this snake was killed. I have a video. I just want to know what is this?

photograph of dead horned snake

  • $\begingroup$ It makes me sad that it was killed. Looks like Cerastes genus: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cerastes_(genus) $\endgroup$
    – Roland
    Commented Sep 12, 2019 at 11:02
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    $\begingroup$ It seems like your dead snake is already mentioned in Wikipedia: "A member of this species [Cerastes cerastes] was reportedly found and killed by locals in urmar graveyard situated on border of Peshawar and Nowshera districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. The incident was reported along with a photo of the dead reptile in 'Aaj' Urdu language newspaper published from the provincial capital Peshawar on September 10, 2019." $\endgroup$
    – Roland
    Commented Sep 12, 2019 at 11:30
  • $\begingroup$ Aren't Cerastes spp. pretty much found in the Arabian peninsula and west? Might this be in the genus Pseudocerastes, which is known to be found in Iran and Pakistan? $\endgroup$
    – mgkrebbs
    Commented Sep 12, 2019 at 16:37
  • $\begingroup$ @mgkrebbs Perhaps. But the horns look more like Cerastes to me. $\endgroup$
    – Roland
    Commented Sep 12, 2019 at 19:25

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The picture looks like it's from the Cerastes genus. It looks similar to a head shot of Cerastes Cerastes (Saharan horned viper) shown on Wikipedia:

Head shot of Cerastes Cerastes from Wikipedia, public domain

In fact, the incident you describe is also reported in Wikipedia's Cerastes Cerastes article since it could be the first sighting in Pakistan. However, I sincerely (and respectfully) doubt that this snake was producing the "baby crying sounds". According to Wikipedia they produce a "rasping sound" when threatened.

I'm not sure that the specimen in your photograph is actually Cerastes Cerastes but the genus should be correct.


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