Atractaspis microlepidota

Small scaled 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 110 cm ref
  • Length Newborn

  • unknown
  • Weight Range

  • ??? gr - 93.5 gr ref
  • Pupil Shape

  • Dentition Type

  • foldable ref
  • Teeth/Fang Length


Altitude range

Vertical distribution

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

Subspecies & Common Names

Atractaspis microlepidota (not specific) 0 ENGLISH Black Stiletto Snake, Mole Viper, Small scaled burrowing asp, Small scaled Stiletto Snake, GERMAN Arabische Erdviper, Oasen Erdviper, UNCODED LANGUAGES Jilbris

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 microlepidota

  • Small scaled burrowing asp
  • VI. snakeID

  • 1385
Complete taxonomy of Atractaspis microlepidota at The Reptile Database.