Lowland Swamp Viper-Proatheris superciliaris

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Venom Type: Cytotoxic


First Aid

Immobilise and reassure victim, who must lie down and be kept as quiet as possible. Apply pressure bandage immediately, see First-aid procedure; immobilise limb with a splint to reduce spread of venom. Loosen, but do not remove bandage if there is severe swelling. Take victim to hospital as soon as possible.

As there have been no recorded bites of this adder, its venom could not be studied.



Distribution


Habits

This is a very rare snake and slightly resembles a puff-adder.

Food

Reed frogs and small rodents.

Reproduction

Viviparous. Bears 3-16 young in summer, 140-200 mm long.

Enemies

Predatory birds.

Habitat

Found in low-lying swampy areas.

 

 

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