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Atractaspis bibronii

Bibron's Burrowing Asp

Venomous 💀💀💀 Dangerous bite ref
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Do NOT try to catch these snakes by grabbing them behind the head. They can and will bite while being held at the neck. The potency of their venom is discussed controversely. Lethal bite accidents (circulatory failure, respiratory arrest) are well documented.
  • Length Adult

  • up to 70 cm ref
  • Length Newborn

  • 15 cm ref
  • Reproduction

  • oviparous
  • Pupil Shape (when closed!)

  • Fangs

  • front-fanged ref
  • Teeth/Fang Length


Subspecies & Common Names

Atractaspis bibronii  AFRIKAANS Suidelike Sypikslang, ENGLISH Bibron's Burrowing Asp, Bibron's Stiletto Snake, Mole Viper, Side Stabbing Snake, Southern Burrowing Asp, Southern Stiletto Snake, GERMAN Bibrons Erdviper, Bibrons Grabviper, UNCODED LANGUAGES Noga ref
Atractaspis bibronii bibronii ref
Atractaspis bibronii rostrata ref

Full Taxonomy

  • I. Superfamily Colubroidea

  • Colubrids, elapids and vipers
  • II. Family Lamprophiidae

  • House snakes
  • III. Subfamily Atractaspidinae

  • Mole vipers
  • IV. Genus Atractaspis

  • Burrowing vipers
  • V. Species Atractaspis bibronii

  • Bibron's burrowing asp
  • VI. snakeID

  • 1373
Look up complete taxonomic records of Atractaspis bibronii (including synonyms) at THE REPTILE DATABASE (by Peter Uetz et al).