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Egyptian Saw-scaled Viper

Endemic to parts of the African continent and the mid-east, the Egyptian saw-scaled viper is a species of venomous snakes having three subspecies.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Serpentes
    Family Viperidae
    Genus Echis
    Species E. pyramidum
    Scientific Name Echis pyramidum

    Other Names Northeast African carpet viper, Egyptian carpet viper, Geoffroy’s carpet viper
    Length 30–60 cm (12–24 in)
    Coloration Grayish beige with orange to rust diamond-shaped patterns from head to tail
    Distribution Northeast Africa and the Arabian Peninsula
    Habitat Mostly in the rocky and dry regions, prefers living under stones and boulders, or cracks and crevices
    Diet Lizards and chameleons, rodents, and other smaller snakes
    Venom Fact Venomous
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on September 2nd 2017 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 14th June 2019.

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