West African Gaboon Viper
|Geographical Range||Western Africa|
|Habitat||Rain forests and adjacent woodlands|
|Scientific Name||Bitis gabonica rhinoceros|
|Conservation Status||Not listed by IUCN|
This rainforest inhabitant is the largest of the true vipers, reaching a length of six feet. Its leaf-shaped head and beautiful coloration provide wonderful camouflage as it basks, half-buried in the debris of the forest floor. Its life is spent in slow motion. Extremely placid in nature, the gaboon viper rarely bites, even when stepped on. If disturbed, it startles and warns potential enemeies by forcibly exhaling air through its nostrils.
Did You Know?
The gaboon viper's two-inch fangs are the longest of any venomous snake.