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Atractaspis dahomeyensis

Dahomey 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 57 cm ref
  • Length Newborn

  • unknown
  • Reproduction

  • oviparous ref
  • Pupil Shape (when closed!)

  • round (or oval) ref
  • Fangs

  • foldable ref front-fanged ref

Subspecies & Common Names

Atractaspis dahomeyensis  ENGLISH Brown Burrowing Adder, Brown Burrowing Asp, Dahomey Burrowing Asp, Dahomey Stiletto Snake, Dahomeyan Burrowing Adder, Mole Viper, Savanna Burrowing Viper 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 dahomeyensis

  • Dahomey burrowing asp
  • VI. snakeID

  • 1377
Look up complete taxonomic records of Atractaspis dahomeyensis (including synonyms) at THE REPTILE DATABASE (by Peter Uetz et al).