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Rhinoceros Horned Viper

Bitis nasicornis

Description

Bitis nasicornis

A forest snake. Head has a distinct black arrow-shaped marking and two 'horns' on the nose. Neck very thin, body very stout and beautifully marked with several colours on a generally dark green background. May grow to be a metre. Mostly on ground but may climb in bushes. Warning hiss sharp and explosive. Skin very rough. Most reluctant to bite and not much is known about symptoms.


Symptoms - one would expect Painful Progressive Swelling

Polyvalent antivenom treatment

Distribution

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