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Puff Adder
Puff Adder

Puff adder

Puff adder. Family: Viperidae Bitis arietans This thick set snake can grow to 1.4m in length and even longer in central and east Africa. Cryptic colours on the back ranging from tan, brown or grey with black/dark brown. The head is distinctly triangular. Diurnal.

Food: they eat small mammals, reptiles and frogs.

Habitat: found throughout southern Africa and often found sunning themselves on pathways.

Reproduction: viviparous. The live young are born 15-20 cm long

Venom: Cytotoxic causing major necrosis