Atractaspis bibronii

Bibron's burrowing asp

Venomous 💀💀💀 Dangerous 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
  • Weight Range

  • ??? gr - 34.3 gr ref
  • Pupil Shape

  • Dentition Type

  • ref
  • Teeth/Fang Length


Altitude range

Vertical distribution

??? to ??? meter above sea level ref

Subspecies & Common Names

Atractaspis bibronii (not specific) 0 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 Atractaspis bibronii bibronii 1 Atractaspis bibronii rostrata 51

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
Complete taxonomy of Atractaspis bibronii at The Reptile Database.