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Atractaspis engaddensis

Palestinian Mole Viper

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 100 cm ref
  • Length Newborn

  • unknown
  • Reproduction

  • unknown ref
  • Pupil Shape (when closed!)

  • round (or oval) ref
  • Fangs

  • ref front-fanged ref
  • Teeth/Fang Length

  • 4 mm ref

Subspecies & Common Names

Atractaspis engaddensis  ENGLISH Black Mole Viper, Ein Gaddi's Stiletto Snake, Israeli Mole Viper, Mole Viper, Palestinian Mole Viper, Palestinian Stiletto Snake 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 engaddensis

  • Palestinian Mole Viper
  • VI. snakeID

  • 1379
Look up complete taxonomic records of Atractaspis engaddensis (including synonyms) at THE REPTILE DATABASE (by Peter Uetz et al).