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Puff Adder

Bitis arietans


The average size is about 1 m in length and very stout. Large specimens of 190 cm (75 in), weighing over 6.0 kg (13.2 lbs) and with a girth of 40 cm (16 in) have been reported.


This species is probably the most common and widespread snake in Africa. It is found in most of sub-Saharan Africa south to the Cape of Good Hope It is found in all habitats except true deserts, rain forests, and (tropical) alpine habitats. Most often associated with rocky grasslands


I spotted this one in the eastern part of Etosha National Park near Dolomite Camp.

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Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 7 years ago

Wow.. good spotting..

Smith'sZoo 7 years ago

Ooh, what a beauty.... so scared of these guys!

Ralf Slag
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Ralf Slag

Omusati Region, Namibia

Spotted on Sep 14, 2011
Submitted on Feb 19, 2012

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