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Peringuey's adder

Snakes | Namibia

Introduction: Peringuey's adder (Bitis peringueyi) is a small adder with eyes on the top of a rounded, flat head. This species is best-known for it's side-winding capabilities by undulating the body in wonderful, smooth, lateral curves. This feature enables the snake to move over hot, loose sand dunes quickly ideal on the preferred habitat of fine, wind-blown sand of the Namib Desert. It can also enter the sand, leaving only the eyes and black tail tip exposed. The venom causes mild pain and swelling around the bite but there have been no recorded fatalities and anti-venom is not necessary.

Distribution: There are 2 populations in the Namib Desert from Rock Bay just north of Swakopmund to south Angola and from Walvis Bay extending south into the Sperrgebiet.

Diet: Desert and sand lizards and it drinks fog droplets that condense on its flattened body.

Colouring: The back is a pale-buff to orange-brown colour with a 3 series of faint, dark spots. The belly is whitish.

Breeding: Between 3 and 10 (very minute) young are born in March to April.

Size: Max SVL male 223mm, female 237mm.

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