About this object

Large, stout viper with narrow, flat, triangular head. Colour pattern complex with 15-18 oblong blue or blue-green markings down the centre of the back, these are enclosed in irregular black blotches, along the flanks are a series of dark crimson triangles narrowly bordered with blue or green. Top of the head is blue or green with a vivid black arrow mark. Belly dirty white to dull green with extensive blotches. Length up to 120 cm.

Object specifics

  • Accession no.
    60.51.22
  • Scientific name
    Bitis nasicornis (Shaw, 1802)
  • Classification
    REPTILIA SERPENTES VIPERIDAE
  • Common name
    Rhinoceros Viper
  • Collector
    John R F Mills
  • Date collected
    1959/11/26
  • Place collected
    Africa: Eastern Africa: Uganda: Ankole: Igara: Kalinzu Forest Reserve
  • Measurements
    unrecorded
  • Credit line
    Donated by Charles R.S. Pitman, 1960
  • Red Book Data status
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Other number(s)
    Collection Number: S.68; previous number: 1960.51.22
Object view = Natural Science
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