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Rhinoceros Viper

A large viper species, the Rhinoceros Viper is a venomous snake that are known for their distinct ‘nasal horns’ and eye-catching pigmentation.



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


    Other Names River jack, Arrowhead viper, Rhinoceros horned viper, Horned puff adder
    Length 72 to 107 cm (about 28 to 42 inches)
    Coloration Series of 15–18 blue or bluish green, oblong markings, each with a lemon-yellow line down the center
    Distribution From Guinea to Ghana in West Africa, and in Central Africa in the Central African Republic, southern Sudan, Cameroon, Gabon, Congo, DR Congo, Angola, Rwanda, Uganda and western Kenya
    Habitat Mostly forested areas, rarely in woodlands
    Diet Mainly small mammals like mice, but also toads, frogs and even fish
    Venom Fact Venomous

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    Published on January 14th 2017 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 13th June 2019.

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