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The gaboon viper stands out among vipers for its extremely large fangs, reaching lengths of just over two inches. The amount of venom injected with just one bite is substantial and can be deadly. Fortunately, gaboon viper bites are rare due to the species’ calm nature and preference for dense forest.

Did You Know?

Camouflaged, the Gaboon viper buries itself among the leaves on the forest floor and waits for prey to come close before striking.

Quick Facts

Latin Name:
Bitis rhinoceros

Central Africa

Tropical forest

4 to 6 ft

Zoo Location:
Reptile House

Rodents and other small mammals