African Rhino Viper


Common name : Rhinocerous viper, River jack

Scientific name : Bitis nasicornis

Family : Viperidae

Native to : West and Central Africa

Interesting fact : Small triangular head with two to three rhino-like horns above each nostril

Conservation status : Least concern

This highly venomous, 2 to 4 feet long snake, blends in with rainforests and swamps with its beautiful patterns and colours. It can puff up to twice its body size when excited and makes a loud hissing noise. They come out in the night and eat rodents, frogs and fish. These vipers live for 8 to 12 years.

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