Gaboon Adder – Bitis gabonica
Averaging around 1m but may exceed 1,2m.
An exquisitely marked thick bodied snake which is perfectly suited for its forest floor living. On the top of the nose are two small horns to complement the extremely large typical adder like head. These snakes have enormous fangs which may reach 4-5cm in length and will give off a loud deep hiss when accosted. Colours are very earthy a series of vividly marked light/dark browns, yellow diamond shapes across the body with greyish/white bars down the back. Which help them remain almost invisible amongst the leaf litter amongst on the forest floor where they are usually found.
They are known to inhabit very small areas and may not move for days on end. They prey on large mammals and birds such as rodents, genets, monkeys and even small antelope have been recorded. These snakes are TOPS which prevents them being kept/traded without proper permits in order. These snakes will deliver large doses of cytotoxic venom which can lead to extreme pain, severe swelling along with large blisters forming on the skin.
Polyvalent Anti-venom may be used in the treatments of these bites although bites are extremely rare almost unheard of.