The Crystal Viper

Item #: XXXX

Object Class: Euclid

Special Containment Procedures: Due to its nature, all-optical monitoring equipment inside of the cell must have tinted lenses, to prevent equipment damage and increase image visibility. This is also required for all windows facing into the cell. SCP-XXXX is contained in a steel cube, with a large window on the eastern side, for observation purposes. 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 one-way fiberglass, looking into the cell. All surfaces within the cell are painted matte black to minimize any potential danger that SCP-XXXX's light-reflective properties can create. The paint must be at least 2.5 centimeters thick to prevent it from being scratched off by SCP-XXXX's scales. All indications of structural damage within the exterior and interior of the cell should be reported immediately.

SCP-XXXX is to be fed approximately 5 kilograms of meat once every two days. It has been concluded that SCP-XXXX can gain all the nutrients it needs from this, suggesting that it has an abnormal digestive tract to its non-anomalous counterparts. SCP-XXXX does not seem to have a preference between living and deceased prey and has been shown to eat both just the same. A steel trapdoor that is 15x15 centimeters is located at the ceiling of the cell, in which the meat can be dropped in from. Both the trapdoor and observation room require a clearance level of at least O2 to access. 3 heat lamps are located on the ceiling to maintain a healthy temperature for SCP-XXXX. SCP-XXXX has been seen basking at a consistent temperature of 15°C, suggesting that its cryolite scales can act like an oven to warm SCP-XXXX. All ventilation vents are located along with the ceiling, in all 4 corners of the cell, to help maintain healthy climate control. To prevent a potential containment breach, each opening in the ventilation vents must be no bigger than 2 centimeters2. The vents should be connected to the site's main ventilation system, though they have the ability to switch to a separate one, for the purposes of experimentation and research.

Description: SCP-XXXX 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 pieces of cryolite (Na3AIF6). Each cryolite appears to be uncut, giving them a rough texture. SCP-XXXX 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 cryolite extends approximately 2 centimeters into the snake's interior. X-ray imagery has shown that SCP-XXXX's skeletal structure is identical to non-anomalous snakes, however, its bones are much denser. The purpose of these is presumably to support the increased weight of its cryolite scales. SCP-XXXX is presumably able to shed its crystalline scales, though this has never been seen, nor has any sheddings been recovered.

Due to their shape and the many internal and external angles, these scale-shaped crystals can be highly reflective. During the event of a containment breach, SCP-XXXX has been seen utilizing this property to angle its scales towards the victim, in an attempt to blind them (see Addendum 4). Standard-issue helmet visors are seemingly immune to this, however, there are no known long-term or more subtle effects. It is estimated that SCP-XXXX can move 800-920 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. The internal issue test record of SCP-XXXX shows it to be identical to a non-anomalous snake. Despite the estimated weight of this cryolite coating, this has not been seen to hinder its speed or physical strength. Due to SCP-XXXX being able to resist its reflective properties, it is presumed that SCP-XXXX has tinted eye lenses.

SCP-XXXX is known to attack victims using strangulation and choking, similar to larger non-anomalous snakes. The SCP has never been seen killing something with strangulation alone, implying that it only uses this to have a clear opening to inject its venom. SCP-XXXX's venom is known to carry a large XXXX of chemicals that reduce serotonin (C10H12N2O), explaining its effects on SCP-XXXX's prey. SCP-XXXX has been known to deliver fatal doses of serotonin if its prey becomes overly aggressive towards it, and begins to overpower the SCP's strangulation methods. The SCP is also known to inject an unknown mixture of chemicals into its prey, which causes the area of the bite to form a similar layer of cryolite as its scales. These cryolite structures have also been found in civilian incidents, prior to initial containment. Similar to SCP-XXXX's scales, these crystals are uncut and rough in texture, but they do not follow the same scale-like pattern. This implies that the SCP is able to secrete both substances inside its body, however, its methods of doing so are unknown.

SCP-XXXX 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 SCP-XXXX’s reflective properties, as it may have perceived these civilians and their livestock as a threat, and therefore reacted aggressively towards them. A number of livestock disappearances in the same area have also been blamed on the presence of SCP-XXXX, though this is yet to be confirmed. SCP-XXXX 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. This cave is to be referred to as SCP-XXXX-1 (see Addendum 5). 4 days following the SCP-XXXX's initial containment, the Foundation received reports of a brief spike of activity of the Global Occult Coalition in towns and settlements all within a 0.7-kilometer radius of SCP-XXXX-1. It is presumed that the GOC has also received some information on SCP-XXXX and that the organization was attempting to poach the SCP for its unique skin and scales, though this has not been confirmed. It is assumed that the GOC is not aware of SCP-XXXX-1's exact location, otherwise, they would not have such widespread activity in the area. It is unknown if there are other similar organisms in the same area (see Addendum 3). Due to these factors, SCP-XXXX-1's entrance has been permanently blocked off by 0.5 meters of concrete. All civilians near SCP-XXXX-1's entrance should be instructed to avoid it.

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SCP-XXXX-1, prior to closure.

Addendums

Addendum 1 The heating lamps located inside SCP-XXXX's containment chamber has been temporarily shut off for the next 20 hours. SCP-XXXX has shown no immediate reactions or behavioral changes. Over the first 4 hours, SCP-XXXX's movements have been noticeably sluggish, however, it is unclear if this is due to the environmental changes within the cell or general tiredness. After 16.5 hours, a standard portion of SCP-XXXX's food was released into the cell. SCP-XXXX appeared to be considerably more sluggish at this time, confirming previous suspicions that the entity is cold-blooded. SCP-XXXX appeared to have attempted to inject its venom into the food, as it does normally, however no cryolite features formed on the food. It is to be assumed that SCP-XXXX can only secrete the chemical compounds needed for this at its normal body temperature, for unknown reasons. The SCP's movements continued to become slower and slower for the remainder of the experiment, further confirming that it is cold-blooded, similar to non-anomalous snakes.
Addendum 2 15 grams of SCP-XXXX's fecal matter, collected during a routine cell cleaning, was put under chemical analysis. The fecal matter showed next to no anomalous traits, other than trace amounts of SCP-XXXX's chemicals that are used to reduce serotonin levels in its victims. The fecal matter showed no signs of any chemicals suspected to be responsible for creating the crystal structures found within SCP-XXXX's victims. It is assumed that SCP-XXXX stores different components of its venoms separately, then mixing them together when injecting its venom into an opponent. It is unknown why this feature exists, and why only some of the chemicals are present within SCP-XXXX's fecal matter. It is presumed that the serotonin-reducing chemicals are stored somewhere close to the digestive tract or cloaca, whereas the cryolite-forming chemicals are stored elsewhere in the body.
Addendum 3 Temporary incapacitation to SCP-XXXX was induced with the use of propofol gas (C12H18O), moved into the cell via the ventilation ducts. 1 D-Class personnel was instructed to enter the cell and collect somatic cells from SCP-XXXX's mouth saliva. The cells contained chromosomes similar to that of SCP-XXXX's non-anomalous counterparts, with no genetic explanations for the differences in SCP-XXXX's venom and appearance. Analysis of SCP-XXXX's sex chromosomes shows that the specimen is a male. It is unknown if SCP-XXXX is apart of a new subspecies of the pit viper, or if this is another anomalous property. It is also unknown if any organism similar to SCP-XXXX exists, or if SCP-XXXX's anomalous properties are simply mutations of a non-anomalous form. It may be possible that SCP-XXXX can still reproduce with a non-anomalous female pit viper, and if its offspring will inherit SCP-XXXX's anomalous properties. However, this has not been tested, and the heredity of SCP-XXXX's anomalous properties seems unlikely, due to their lack of presence in SCP-XXXX's somatic cells.
Addendum 4 SCP-XXXX has been involved in 3 containment breaches since its initial containment, none of them being caused by SCP-XXXX itself. The SCP's behavior has been noted extremely aggressive during these periods and has been seen attacking any personnel that attempts to near it. It is assumed that SCP-XXXX is acting this way out of self-defense, however, this has not been confirmed. It is possible that the vibrations on the floor caused by movements of personnel are what mainly startles it, making it appear that SCP-XXXX is more sensitive to its surroundings than its non-anomalous counterparts. Despite its efforts, SCP-XXXX has never killed nor injured any personnel during containment breaches. SCP-XXXX has been known to retain this hostile behavior several hours after re-containment, though it does will return to its normal behavior shortly after. Due to this, it has been assumed that SCP-XXXX considers its cell to be its "home," or at least a trusted place.
Addendum 5 SCP-XXXX-1 presents no immediate anomalous properties, however, it is assumed that its seemingly non-anomalous contents are linked to SCP-XXXX's anomalous traits in some way. A group of 4 personnel successfully descended SCP-XXXX-1's internal network of caverns for approximately 313 meters, stopping due to all safe pathways being blocked off. It is presumed that these caverns extend much deeper, and their deepest point is unknown. Beginning at a depth of 295 meters, large crystal stalagmites and stalactites began to form along the cavern surfaces and grew in size as the group descended farther into the cave. Samples of these crystals show that they are made of cryolite, suggesting they have some connection to SCP-XXXX and other minerals. No personnel was harmed during this expedition.