Thursday, 21 August 2014

Gaboon Viper

Bitis gabonica
Gaboon vipers have a restricted range and are essentially forest dwellers. They are very spectacular being the heaviest, if not the longest venomous snake in Africa and one of the largest venomous snakes in the world.
In Zimbabwe, they are found only along the eastern border, mainly in the river valleys i.e. Honde valley, Burma valley, Pungwe valley, Lisitu valley but also Mt. Selinda, and extending into Mozambique. In South Africa they are restricted to the forests of northern Zululand between Matubatuba and St. Lucia. Elsewhere in Africa they are found in tropical forests throughout Zaire, northern Angola, Zambia, south eastern Tanzania, western Kenya, Uganda and from southern Sudan to Guinea.

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