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Peringuey’s Adder

Peringuey’s adder is a very small, stout- bodied poisonous snake occurring in southern Angola and Namibia. There are no subspecies of this species of snake. The species is well known for its side-winding capabilities by swinging the body in smooth lateral curves.

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

    Other Names Peringuey’s Desert Adder, Sidewinding Adder,  Dwarf Puff Adder, Namib Desert Sidewinding Adder, Namib Dwarf Sand Adder, Namib Dwarf Adder, Namib Desert Viper, Dwarf Sand Adder
    Length 20–25 cm (average); largest specimen recorded: 32 cm
    Color Ground color is chestnut brown to orange-brown or sandy-grayish covered with  faded, elongated, three series of longitudinal gray to dark spots; body is also marked with irregular pale dark spots; belly is generally whitish or dirty yellow while the tail is usually tan
    Distribution Namib desert in southern Angola to Lüderitz(Namibia), Fish River Canyon
    Habitat Coastal sand dunes, desert
    Diet Desert and sand lizards
    Hibernation Period Hibernates during winter months
    Venom Fact Weak cytotoxic
    Mode of Reproduction Viviparous (Giving birth to live young)
    Litter Size 3 to 10
    Average Lifespan 10 years (average)
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on September 13th 2016 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 30th March 2017.

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