The Diamond Viper

Item #: 4473

Object Class: Euclid

Special Containment Procedures: Due to its nature, optical monitoring equipment must have tinted lenses, to prevent equipment damage and increase image visibility. This is also required for all windows facing into the cell. 4473 is contained in a steel cube, with a large window on the eastern side. The walls are 2 centimeters thick, with the interior of the cube being 3x3x4 meters. The window is constructed of a 1.5-centimeter piece transparent fiberglass. All indications of structural damage within the exterior and interior of the cell should be reported immediately.

For feeding purposes, SCP-4473 requires a proper supplement of food to be dropped into its chamber every 2 days. It requires 35 grams of protein, and Vitamins A, B, B12, and C. Other vitamin supplements are edible, though not required. Beef or chicken flavoring is optional, though 4473 appears to be less reluctant when this flavoring is present. It is determined that the SCP's main source of nutrients was cattle and poultry, prior to initial containment. 4473 does not seem to have a preference between deceased and living prey.

Description: SCP-4473 takes the form of an adult male pit viper, usually found in South America (Lachesis Muta). It is just under 3 meters in length, which is quite common among its non-anomalous counterparts. The specimen's scales are constructed of individual, scale-sized diamonds. These diamonds appear to be uncut, giving them a rough texture. 4473 has never been seen shedding or with any indicators of such, implying that it does not shed. X-ray scans have shown that this layer of diamonds extends about 2 centimeters into the snake's interior. It is presumed that 4473 undergoes skin cell miosis and mitosis to keep up with internal growth.

Due to their shape and the many internal and external angles, these scale-shaped diamonds can be highly reflective. During the event of a containment breach, SCP-4473 has been seen utilizing this property to angle its scales towards the victim, effectively blinding them. It is estimated that 4473 can move 350-400 Lumens into a concentrated area of only a few centimeters in radius. Due to this, all cameras and windows in the cell must be tinted and viewed with low brightness. Internal issue test record of SCP-4473 show it to be identical to a non-anomalous snake. Despite the estimated weight of this diamond coating, this has not been seen to hinder its speed or physical strength. Due to 4473 being able to resist its reflective properties, it is presumed that the SCP has tinted eye lenses.

4473's venom has been known to transform anything it is injected into, into a solid diamond structure that vaguely resembles the original object. This seems to be a common hunting method for SCP-4473 and is known to use this method to attack personnel in the event of a breach. These diamond structures have also been found in civilian incidents, prior to initial containment. Similar to 4473's scales, these diamonds are uncut and rough in texture. However, they do not follow the same scale-like pattern. It also appears to utilize strangulation when necessary and has used strangulation and choking several times when its victim is seen to be able to briefly withstand the injection of its venom. Several symptoms of extreme dizziness and nausea have appeared to develop in victims prior to falling unconscious. Upon further analysis of the venom, it has been identified to carry extreme amounts of melatonin (C13 H16 N2 O2).

SCP-4473 originally came under the Foundation's knowledge after several government reports of hunters in Brazil returned from hunting trips blind, or with severely damaged vision. It is presumed that this is due to 4473’s reflective properties, as it may have perceived these civilians as a threat. It was located and contained by MTF Eta-10 “See No Evil” within a cave, about 21.3 kilometers away from the Brazilian city of Urucu. It is currently contained within the Light Containment Zone of Site 19.