Bitis cornuta – Many Horned Adder

Distribution Map

Many Horned Adder – Bitis cornuta

VENOMOUS
Size:
Averaging 30-40cm reaching well over 60cm
Description:
An attractive dwarf adder with characteristic multiple “tufts” of horns above each eye. Typically dark grey, dark brown with lighter white, grey or light brown blotches or saddles down the back. Favouring dry arid habitats associated with rocky hill sides where it may shelter amongst rocks and rocky plains. These species has been known to be fairly arboreal seeking refuse in and amongst small low bushes. They will hiss loudly when encountered, highly prized by collectors for the illegal pet trade. A cytotoxic venom which can lead to extreme pain, severe swelling, and localised neurosis.
Anti-venom:
Anti-venom is not used or effective in the treatment of these bites.

Bitis Cornuta

Many Horned Adder. From Spingbok, Northern Cape.

Bitis Cornuta

Many Horned Adder. From Spingbok, Northern Cape.

Bitis Cornuta

Many Horned Adder. From Spingbok, Northern Cape.

Bitis Cornuta

Many Horned Adder. From Spingbok, Northern Cape.