Atractaspis dahomeyensis

Dahomey 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 55.5 cm ref
  • Length Newborn

  • unknown
  • Weight Range

  • ??? gr - ??? gr
  • Pupil Shape

  • Dentition Type

  • foldable ref
  • Teeth/Fang Length


Altitude range

Vertical distribution

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

Subspecies & Common Names

Atractaspis dahomeyensis (not specific) 0 ENGLISH 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

  • 1377
Complete taxonomy of Atractaspis dahomeyensis at The Reptile Database.