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.
    1962.76.20
  • Scientific name
    Bitis gabonica (Dumeril & Bibron, 1845)
  • Classification
    REPTILIA SERPENTES VIPERIDAE
  • Common name
    Gaboon Viper
  • Collector
    John R F Mills
  • Date collected
    1960-08
  • Place collected
    Africa: Eastern Africa: Uganda: Kayonza
  • Measurements
    unrecorded
  • Credit line
    Donated by Charles R.S. Pitman, 1962
  • Red Book Data status
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Other number(s)
    Collection Number: S.204
Object view = Natural Science
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