Rhinoceros Viper

Bitis nasicornis

When threatened with no escape, the rhinoceros viper raises the front of its body in an “S” form in preparation for attack. At the same time, the viper inflates its body up to nearly twice its normal size and puffs viciously to intimidate an intruder. As a last measure, the viper can deliver a toxic, often deadly, bite.

 

Fact File

where to see themWhere to see them: Reptile House
lengthLength: Up to 4 ft
venomousVenomous: Venomous
habitatHabitat: Tropical rainforest
dietDiet: Small mammals, amphibians, and fish