About this snake:
Bitis nasicornis is smaller and more docile than its cousin
the Gaboon Viper. This snake is
also known as the river jack. Its triangular shaped head is smaller
than its body. When fully grown this viper measures nearly four
feet long. The striking colors and patterns which make it such
a beautiful snake actually work as camouflage, helping to conceal
the snake in its lush tropical habitat. It has two or three horn
like features above each nostril.
There are three different species of puff adders, this snake
is one of them. When excited this snake has the capability to
enlarge its size by inflating its body. Sometimes it can double
its apparant size when displaying this behaviour. It also has
a hissing barklike sound.
Rhinoceros Vipers use long fangs, potent venom and powerful
jaw muscles to kill their prey. The venom of this snake is hematoxic
and can be deadly. Its venom is both heotoxic and neurotoxic.
The rhino vipers fangs are controlable in that they can or can
not let their fangs out when they open their mouths. The fangs
are hollow and the venom flows through the fangs to enter its
prey. The fangs are shed periodicly every 6 to 10 weeks. They
usually feed on small mammals though they have been seen eating
fish and amphibians. This snake's venom is extremely potent and
can be fatal to humans! It will usually not bite unless provoked
or hungry. Though generly this snake is slow moving, when it
strikes for a kill it can be extremly fast.
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