Animal Name: Puff Adder

Scientific Names: Bitis arietans

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Puff Adder Introduction

The puff adder (Bitis arietans) is a viper species found in savannahs and grasslands from Morocco and western Arabia throughout Africa except for the Sahara and rainforest regions. It is responsible for causing the most snakebite fatalities in Africa owing to various factors, such as its wide distribution, frequent occurrence in highly populated regions, and aggressive disposition. Like all other vipers, it is venomous. Two subspecies are currently recognized, including the nominate subspecies described here.

Description of Puff Adder

The puff adder is a venomous snake found in various parts of Africa. Known for its distinctive pattern of dark spots on a pale brown or gray background, it possesses long fangs and a venomous bite. With a low-lying and ambush-based hunting style, it is considered one of the most dangerous snakes in Africa.
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