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Atractaspis microlepidota

Small Scaled 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 110 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 microlepidota  ENGLISH Black Stiletto Snake, Mole Viper, Small Scaled Burrowing Asp, Small Scaled Stiletto Snake, GERMAN Arabische Erdviper, Oasen Erdviper, UNCODED LANGUAGES Jilbris 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 microlepidota

  • Small scaled burrowing asp
  • VI. snakeID

  • 1385
Look up complete taxonomic records of Atractaspis microlepidota (including synonyms) at THE REPTILE DATABASE (by Peter Uetz et al).