800px-Bitis gabonica fangs

A Gaboon Viper's fangs

The Gaboon Viper (Bitis gabonica) is a species of viper found in west and centrel africa. The average adult length is around 3 1/2 feet long.

Main Characteristics

The Gaboon Viper is a very thick and short snake. It's head is very large and it's tail is very thin. The coloration is usually brown and light tan.


The venom of the Gaboon Viper is hemotoxic. All bites require immediate medical treatment.

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Viperidae
Subfamily: Viperinae
Genus: Bitis
Species: B. gabonica