About this object

Large, fat snake with broad, flattened, triangular head. Head is white or cream with fine dark central line and dark triangle behind and below the eye. Along the back are a series of pale, almost rectangular blotches interspersed with dark, yellow-edged, hourglass markings, the flanks have a series of fawn or brown rhomboidal shapes with light vertical central bars. Length up to 175 cm.

Object specifics

  • Accession no.
  • Scientific name
    Bitis gabonica (Dumeril & Bibron, 1845)
  • Classification
  • Common name
    Gaboon Viper
  • Collector
    John R F Mills
  • Date collected
  • Place collected
    Africa: Eastern Africa: Uganda: Kayonza
  • Measurements
  • Credit line
    Donated by Charles R.S. Pitman, 1962
  • Red Book Data status
  • Other number(s)
    Collection Number: S.204
Object view = Natural Science
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