Lowland Swamp Viper

Postby Contortrix » Mon Feb 25, 2008 8:31 pm

Scientific name?
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Postby NAJA » Mon Feb 25, 2008 8:40 pm

Proatheris superciliaris
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Postby Contortrix » Mon Feb 25, 2008 8:54 pm

Thank you!

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Postby armata » Mon Feb 25, 2008 9:08 pm

I got a dry bite from a specimen at Pretoria zoo a few years back, they have an amazing striking range, so beware!
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Postby NAJA » Mon Feb 25, 2008 9:13 pm

These animals are like FANGS ON SPRINGS. One must always be very carefull when working with them.
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Postby armata » Mon Feb 25, 2008 10:07 pm

Here is that devil that nailed me at Pretoria Zoo

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Postby damiensharjah » Tue Feb 26, 2008 6:46 am

They remind me of a sort of tropical saw scale viper.
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Postby 4Q » Thu Apr 03, 2008 2:22 am

Heres a pic of one of 4 I had before I sold them to a venom reserch program lovely snakes but even as hatchlings you need to watch them there fast

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Postby 4Q » Thu Apr 03, 2008 2:23 am

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Postby phobos » Thu Apr 03, 2008 7:32 pm

Bushviper wrote:Not just Mozambique, they occur in places like Malawi and Tanzania too with the biggest distribution being in Malawi.

They are easy to keep as adults and become fat quite quickly. The babies will take reed fogs and one took a gecko too. My one female had six babies, another had fou babies and another one just had one baby. That was many years ago though.

The bite is not as simple as expected. After about 6 hours breathing problems were recorded however there was minimal bleeding which is what one would have expected. Swelling was rather severe and was painful to the touch.

There are some around in South Africa but I think there is a scarcity of one sex although I cannot remember what.

I will go look for pics.


I have access to males but no females. Be very careful with these guys, they venom is easily capable of KILLING and adult human. Nearly did with a keeper at the St Louis Zoo. He had infarcts in in major organs and 7 days post bite they called his family in to say goodby. He ended up making it but is really screwed up. Dr. David Warrell told me it is one of the nasty-est venom he's come across.

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