10 incredible desert animals that can take the heat

These awesome animals inhabit Israel's most arid environments, from the Judean Desert to the Negev.

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Horned viper Horned viper (Photo: Horia Bogdan / Shutterstock)

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The venomous horned viper

The deserts of Israel host a variety of intimidating reptiles, but the most intriguing by far is the horned viper. This master of disguise will burrow beneath the sand until only its head remains above ground. It's thought that the long "horn" scales help keep the sand out of the viper's eyes as it searches for unsuspecting prey.

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