Distribution Map

Puff Adder – Bitis arietans

HIGHLY VENOMOUS
Size:
Averaging 70cm but can reach up to 1,4m in East Africa.
Description:
Short stocky snakes that occur in a variety of colours, from sandy brown, grey, bright yellow & black in some parts of its range. As South Africa’s most widely-spread, venomous snake, the Puff Adder occurs in a large range of habitat, from coastal bush, grassland, fynbos and montane habitat. The Puff Adder along withe the Mozambique Spitting Cobra account for the majority of serious snake bites South Africa. The Puff Adder is a snake with excellent camouflage, and it prefers to sit and wait for opportunity when it comes to feeding. These snakes may remain in an ambush position for several weeks, waiting for a potential meal to pass by. They have a powerful cytotoxic venom which can lead to extreme pain, severe swelling, and blistering of the skin.
Anti-venom:
Polyvalent anti-venom is used in the effective treatment of bites.

Bitis arietans

Puff Adder. From Hluhluwe, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Bitis arietans

Puff Adder. From Hluhluwe, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Bitis arietans

Puff Adder. From False Bay, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Bitis arietans

Puff Adder. From False Bay, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Bitis arietans

Puff Adder. From Cato Ridge, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Bitis arietans

Puff Adder. From Cato Ridge, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Bitis arietans

Puff Adder. From Hluhluwe, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Bitis arietans

Puff Adder. From Hluhluwe, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Bitis arietans

Puff Adder. From Impendle, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Bitis arietans

Puff Adder. From Impendle, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Bitis arietans

Puff Adder. From Grahamstown, Eastern Cape.

Bitis arietans

Puff Adder. From Grahamstown, Eastern Cape.

Bitis arietans

Puff Adder. From Grahamstown, Eastern Cape.

Bitis arietans

Puff Adder. From Grahamstown, Eastern Cape.

Bitis arietans

Puff Adder. From Clarens, Free State.

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Puff Adder. From Clarens, Free State.

Bitis arietans

Puff Adder. From Hluhluwe, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Bitis arietans

Puff Adder. From Steinkopf, Northern Cape.

Bitis arietans

Puff Adder. From Hluhluwe, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Bitis arietans

Puff Adder. From Hluhluwe, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Bitis arietans

Puff Adder. From Kosi Bay, Kwa-Zulu Natal

Bitis arietans

Puff Adder. From Kosi Bay, Kwa-Zulu Natal

Bitis arietans

Puff Adder. From Assagay, Kwa-Zulu Natal

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Puff Adder. From Assagay, Kwa-Zulu Natal

Bitis arietans

Puff Adder. From Naboomspruit, Limpopo.

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Puff Adder. From Naboomspruit, Limpopo.

Bitis arietans

Puff Adder. From Botha’s Hill, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Bitis arietans

Puff Adder. From Vaalwater, Limpopo.

Bitis arietans

Puff Adder. From Summerveld, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Bitis arietans

Puff Adder. From Roedtan, Limpopo.

Bitis arietans

Puff Adder. From Hluhluwe, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Bitis arietans

Puff Adder. From Hluhluwe, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Bitis arietans

Puff Adder. From Pinetown, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Bitis arietans

Puff Adder. From Impendle, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Bitis arietans

Puff Adder. From Oudtshoorn, Klien Karoo.

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Puff Adder. From Oudtshoorn, Klien Karoo.

Bitis arietans

Puff Adder. From Mooi River, Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Bitis arietans

Puff Adder. From Roedtan, Limpopo.

Bitis arietans

Puff Adder. From Grahamstown, Eastern Cape.

Bitis arietans

Puff Adder. From Grahamstown, Eastern Cape.

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Puff Adder. From Golden Gate National Park, Free State.

Bitis arietans

Puff Adder. From Golden Gate National Park, Free State.