Hungarian meadow viper

Vipera ursinii rakosiensis

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There’s a snake in the grass—but the viper in this Hungarian meadow is more threatened than a threat, at least to people. As new ways of farming replace the old, these vipers have been pushed to the brink of extinction. Can conservationists change the hearts and minds of local farmers in time to preserve this critically endangered species? Ari Daniel Shapiro reports from Kiskunság National Park.

Image Credit: Bálint Halpern, Hungarian Ornithological and Nature Conservation Society. CC BY-NC

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