‘Mother of Vipers’ by Hodari Nundu.
“A large viper Laophis crotaloides protects its young from several monkeys, agitated by its resurgence after spending the winter months in an underground torpor. Laophis lived in the Pliocene in what is today Greece. It is the largest viper known until now from the fossil record with a length estimated at 3-4 m and weighing nearly 30 kg. Imagine the venom yield on this baby, and the size of prey it may have swallowed! Its relations are uncertain, with some believing it was related to Macrovipera, while others believe it was closer to the African Bitis (such as the Gaboon and rhinoceros vipers and the puff adder). Either way it would’ve been a formidable predator of its time. Some vipers are actually known to guard their young for a while after birth, usually until they first shed skin, and may fast during all that time.”
— Hodari Nundu