Gaboon Viper

Gaboon Viper

Gaboon Viper
Bitis gabonica


CLASS
Reptilia
ORDER
Squamata
FAMILY
Viperidae

Range

Central, west and east Africa


Habitat

Rainforests


Diet

Small mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and birds

Weight

Up to 25 lbs.

Size

Avg. 4 - 5 ft.

Young

30 - 50

IUCN Status

Not Listed

Facts

  • They have the longest fangs of any venomous snake, reaching up to 2 inches in length.
  • Gaboon vipers are the largest vipers in the world.
  • Gaboon vipers play a large roll in controlling the rodent population in the rainforest. Their bite is so lethal that smaller prey is killed instantly when bitten; larger animals are struck, released and then tracked by scent.
  • Their large, stout body size prevents them from moving very quickly on the ground, but they are lightning fast when striking prey within their immediate reach.
  • Their intricate pattern is excellent camouflage in the leaf litter of the forest floor.
  • Females give birth to live young, and the babies immediately disperse and begin their solitary lives. There is no parental care.

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