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Dahomey Burrowing Asp
Venomous 💀💀💀 Dangerous bite
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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.
up to 55.5 cm
Pupil Shape (when closed!)
Subspecies & Common Names
Brown Burrowing Adder, Brown Burrowing Asp, Dahomey Burrowing Asp, Dahomey Stiletto Snake, Dahomeyan Burrowing Adder, Mole Viper, Savanna Burrowing Viper
Colubrids, elapids and vipers
Dahomey burrowing asp
Look up complete taxonomic records of
Atractaspis dahomeyensis (including synonyms)
at THE REPTILE DATABASE (by Peter Uetz et al).