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Atractaspis dahomeyensis

Dahomey burrowing asp

Venomous 💀💀💀 Dangerous ref
Images provided by Flickr-/iNaturalist-API. Sporadic false assignments may occur.


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.
  • Snake Length

  • ??? cm - 55.5 cm ref
  • Dentition

  • Weight

  • ??? gr - ??? gr
  • D.movability

  • foldable
  • Pupil shape (closed state)

  • Teeth/Fang Length


Altitude range

Vertical distribution

??? to ??? meter above sea level (a.s.l.)

Subspecies & Common Names

Atractaspis dahomeyensis  0 EN Brown Burrowing Adder, Brown Burrowing Asp, Dahomey burrowing asp, Dahomey Stiletto Snake, Dahomeyan Burrowing Adder, Mole Viper, Savanna Burrowing Viper

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 dahomeyensis

  • Dahomey burrowing asp
  • VI. snakeID

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