This is a real skull from a real animal and it may just be the most terrifying thing ever

Illustration for article titled This is a real skull from a real animal and it may just be the most terrifying thing ever

Even if you're not usually frightened by snakes, it's hard not to feel intimidated by a Gaboon Viper (Bitis gabonica). Just look at its skull. With fangs that can reach up to five centimeters in length, Gaboons are reportedly the largest vipers on earth, and the toothiest of all venomous snakes.

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"The Gaboon viper is just weird. So delicate," explains Simon Winchester, author of the newly published — and aptly named — photobook, Skulls. "It looks dangerous even as a skull, with its great big fangs."

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Check out more images from Winchester's book over at Wired.

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Nice teeth, poor photo. No scale reference. No view of the skull from the side to provide better understanding of it's dimensions.

My irrational fear is rationally tied to the estimated size, and I can not estimate the actual size of this pictured item.