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Righteous head of a snake that is a snake,
Aback, held in a fish that is not a fish.
Now, I'm beauty in disguise,
Despite being, to most, nightmarish.

I am looking for two answers... One on the surface, and one in disguise, with a pun...

As usual, @Tom got this flawlessly. Congrats :)

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    $\begingroup$ That acrostic is interesting. $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Jun 15 at 15:10
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    $\begingroup$ @RandalThor how is RAND interesting? intelligent and observant, you may say. but interesting?? That's interesting :P $\endgroup$ – Omega Krypton Jun 17 at 2:41
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Righteous head of a snake that is a snake,

rattlesnake - is a snake, with rat at its head.

Aback, held in a fish that is not a fish.

starfish - rat back inside an echinoderm.

Now, I'm beauty in disguise,

art - rat disguised in an anagram.

Despite being, to most, nightmarish.

rat - fear of rats and mice is musophobia.

Second connection

Rand is an acrostic - credit to Rand al'Thor - with initials the same as these intelligent mammals.

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