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Bush Viper
Scientific Name: Atheris squamiger

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Size: Average 45 centimeters, maximum 75 centimeters

Appearance: Often called leaf viper, its color varies from ground colors of pale green to olive, brown, or rusty brown. It uses it prehensile tail to secure itself to branches

Venom: Its venom is hemotoxic; healthy adults rarely die from its bite

Behavior: An aboreal species that often comes down to the ground to feed on small rodents. It is not aggressive, but it will defend itself when molested or touched

Distribution: Most of Africa, Angola, Cameroon, Uganda, Kenya, and Zaire

Habitat: Found in rain forests and woodlands bordering swamps and forests. Often found in trees, low-hanging branches, or brush


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