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October 2, 2019

Electron micrograph of fang of common lancehead

An electron micrograph of the fang of Bothrops atrox, the common lancehead, a pit viper. A team of researchers at the University of Illinois studied which physical characteristics contribute to fangs’ sharpness and ability to puncture.

[Research supported by National Science Foundation grants IOS 1755336 and CMMI 1554326.]

Learn more about this research in the Illinois news story Team measures puncture performance of viper fangs. (Date image taken: April 2019; date originally posted to NSF Multimedia Gallery: Oct. 2, 2019)

Credit: Micrograph by Stephanie Crofts; specimen ©Field Museum of Natural History

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