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Hairy Bush Viper

Hairy bush viper is a species of poisonous snake found only in Central Africa. The species is mainly nocturnal and carnivore.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Serpentes
    Family Viperidae
    Subfamily Viperinae
    Genus Atheris
    Scientific Name Atheris hispida

    Other Names Rough-scaled Bush Viper, Spiny Bush Viper, Rough-scaled Tree Viper, African Hairy Bush Viper, Rough-scaled Tree Viper, Hairy Viper
    Length Male: Up to 73 cm
    Female: Up to 58 cm
    Weight Male: Up to 11 lb
    Female: Up to 6 lb
    Color Green, bluish, olive or golden with yellow or dull olive belly
    Distribution Democratic Republic of the Congo, south-west Uganda, west Kenya
    Habitat Tropical forests, inland swamps, red and papyrus swamps near to lakes and rivers
    Diet Mammals, lizards, frogs
    Venom Fact Mainly neurotoxic, also cytotoxic
    Breeding Season October
    Mode of Reproduction Ovoviviparous ( producing young ones by means of eggs hatched inside the body of the parent)
    Litter Size Up to 12
    Reproductive Age 2 to 3 years
    Average Lifespan 10 to 12 years in captivity

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    Published on November 28th 2016 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 7th June 2019.

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