Snake to be screened in Eng­land

Iran Daily - - Cultural Heritage & Environment -

Ira­nian doc­u­men­tary ti­tled ‘In the Realm of the Spi­der-tailed Viper’, di­rected by Fathol­lah Amiri, will be screened at Eng­land’s Wild­screen Fes­ti­val in Bris­tol dur­ing Oc­to­ber 15-19.

The or­ga­niz­ers of the fes­ti­val, in­clud­ing David At­ten­bor­ough — Bri­tish broad­caster and nat­u­ral his­to­rian, in­vited an Ira­nian farmer, Mah­moud Nasiri, who ap­pears in the doc­u­men­tary to at­tend the fes­ti­val, IRNA re­ported.

Amiri said that Nasiri, who comes from the western Ira­nian city of Ilam — the viper’s habi­tat — helped him in com­pil­ing the data.

The doc­u­men­tary fea­tures some of the be­hav­ioral as­pects of spi­der­tailed horned viper, also known as Pseu­do­cerastes Urarach­noides.

This type of viper was first dis­cov­ered in western Iran in 2006 by Ira­nian en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist Hamid Bostanchi and Pro­fes­sor Steven C. An­der­son, a re­search as­so­ciate at Cal­i­for­nia Academy of Sci­ences.

From 2006-12, not a sin­gle im­age of the venomous snake in na­ture was recorded. How­ever, the doc­u­men­tary’s pro­duc­tion team man­aged to cap­ture the viper’s im­age in its nat­u­ral habi­tat in 2012.

The viper’s head looks very sim­i­lar to that of other Pseu­do­cerastes species in the re­gion. Nev­er­the­less, it has a unique tail with a bulb-like end that is bor­dered by long droop­ing scales that give it the ap­pear­ance of a spi­der. The tail tip is waved around and used to lure in­sec­tiv­o­rous birds to within strik­ing range.

Known as the Green Hol­ly­wood, the Wild­screen Fes­ti­val is the world’s lead­ing in­ter­na­tional fes­ti­val about na­ture films. The Bris­tol-based event is held bi­en­ni­ally in Oc­to­ber.

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