Puff Adder

Bitis arietans

The most common and widespread venomous snake in Africa, the puff adder is responsible for the majority of snake bites on the continent. Sitting motionless and camouflaged on the ground, the puff adder is often not seen until stepped on. Inch-long fangs deliver enough venom to kill a man with a single bite.

Fact File

where to see themWhere to see them: Reptile House
lengthLength: 2.5 to 3.5 ft
habitatHabitat: Savanna
dietDiet: Rodents, birds, lizards, and other snakes