Moorish Viper

Snakes exotic to South Africa with venoms that are considered to be medically important.

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Moorish Viper

Postby wadekilian » Fri Nov 15, 2013 8:39 pm

Took some pics of my mates adult male Moorish Viper - Daboia mauritanica. He's about 1.5m long. A bit hard to capture his colours at night, but I did my best haha.

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Re: Moorish Viper

Postby kfc223 » Fri Nov 15, 2013 9:00 pm

Wow, that's just stunning!
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Re: Moorish Viper

Postby Ben023 » Sat Nov 16, 2013 12:04 am

He, really is a stunner.
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Re: Moorish Viper

Postby Bushviper » Sat Nov 16, 2013 7:23 am

They have a particularly nasty venom. Be alert around these snakes.
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Re: Moorish Viper

Postby Savu » Sat Nov 16, 2013 8:15 am

Years back I kept a trio of these,2 males which looked similar to your pic,and the female was different. She was brick red,losing most of the dorsal zigzag pattern. Fortunately they were very calm snakes,and a pleasure to handle,but as bv mentions,the venom is believed to be very toxic. What is also interesting about them is,they lay eggs!!
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