Distribution Map

Namaqua Dwarf Adder – Bitis schneideri

VENOMOUS
Size:
Adults average around 20cm
Description:
The smallest adder species in the world. These snakes inhabit the soft sandy soils along the coast of Namaqualand slightly inland and into Southern Namibia. These snakes will move amongst the low vegetation and shuffle down into the sand leaving just the head and often the tip of the tail exposed. Escaping the direct sun as well as serving as an ambush for potential prey items. Bites are not common although in some instances mild symptoms of pain and bee sting like similarities.
Anti-venom:
Anti-venom is not used or effective in the treatment of these bites.

Bitis schneideri

Namaqua Dwarf Adder. From Mcdougalls Bay, Northern Cape.

Bitis schneideri

Namaqua Dwarf Adder. From Mcdougalls Bay, Northern Cape.

Bitis schneideri

Namaqua Dwarf Adder. From Mcdougalls Bay, Northern Cape.

Bitis schneideri

Namaqua Dwarf Adder. From Mcdougalls Bay, Northern Cape.

Bitis schneideri

Namaqua Dwarf Adder. From Mcdougalls Bay, Northern Cape.

Bitis schneideri

Namaqua Dwarf Adder. From Mcdougalls Bay, Northern Cape.