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American Museum of Natural History Blog Meet the Gaboon viper (Bitis gabonica). Though there are more...

Meet the Gaboon viper (Bitis gabonica). Though there are more than 250 kinds of vipers, this venomous species is the largest of them all, growing up to 6 feet (1.8 meters) long!It inhabits tropical forests in central Africa, including Uganda, Cameroon, and Gabon. Normally slow moving, this reptile is an ambush predator that strikes birds, frogs, and small mammals with lightning speed. Its prey escapes the initial attack... but not for long. The viper's fangs deliver a toxic venom filled with enzymes that destroy nerves, tissue, and blood cells.Photo: Frupus, CC BY-NC 2.0, flickr#AnimalFacts #dyk #GaboonViper #snakes #viper #reptiles #herpetology #naturehttps://www.instagram.com/p/ClFCA5tvTNv/?igshid=NGJjMDIxMWI=

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