West African Bush Viper

Bush Viper
Bush Viper (Atheris squamigera), red phase

West African Bush Viper is a venomous, rough-scaled, arboreal viper, Atheris squamigera, called Paramole in Yoruba. Bush Viper has a wide range across Central Africa and can be found in southeastern Nigeria. They usually come in green but is also available in other flavors, including red, orange, gray, yellow, black, blue, olive, and brown. Adults are often 45-60 cm long with males being the smaller sex. Primarily arboreal, living in the tree top canopies, the African Bush Viper descends frequently to feed on small rodents, frogs and lizards. The tail is prehensile and is used for grasping, and sometimes hanging from, branches to ambush unsuspecting prey. Most vipers live 10 to 20 years in the wild.

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