The gaboon viper's color is a combination of brown and purple arranged in diamonds and stripes along its back which provides camouflage. This pattern gives excellent coverage blending into the leaves, making them very difficult to see on the ground.
Gaboon vipers are passive hunters, waiting concealed to strike at whatever small creatures pass within range. The Gaboon viper can control whether, and how much, venom is injected, so the result of a strike can range from no effect to quick death.
The Gaboon viper is one of the most distinctive looking snakes in the world. This beautiful animal has the longest fangs of any snake in the world at up to 2 inches long, and also has the highest venom yield of any of the world's snakes.
The Gaboon viper is one of the world's largest and heaviest vipers. It also has the longest retractable fangs of any venomous snake: up to 2 inches long.
Home range is Central, East and West Africa
Their habitat is found in rainforests and wet, humid areas
Gaboon vipers generally grow to a length of 4 feet. It can reach a weight of 20 pounds.
Diet primarily consists of rodents. Occasionally, larger prey such as mongoose, hares and monkeys.
Main predators are humans. They are killed out of fear.
The Gaboon vipers' coloration provides excellent camouflage. Also has the highest yield of venom
The females can have 50-60 young at a time. The young are born live.
The average lifespan is about 20 years