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Bitis gabonica rhinoceros
Another member of the Bitis family, these large viperids possess the largest fangs of any other snake in the world. The West African gaboon viper is one of two subspecies the other being Bitis gabonica gabonica. Both attain large sizes and can deliver very severe envenomations.
This subspecies is native to West Africa in the rainforests and woodlands. Depending on the area sometimes grasslands and agricultural areas.
This individual I shot was one of two at the Edisto Island Serpentarium. They're very photogenic snakes.