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Puff adders responsible for most of the serious snakebites in southern Africa

Avatar of inke inke - 23. avril 2019 - Environment

A female puff adder with new born offspring. Puff adders give birth to live young but do not look after them. They are poisonous from birth.

Dirk Heinrich

Puff adders occur almost everywhere in Namibia, the only exception are the dunes of the Namib Desert. This is a very well camouflaged snake which occurs in different colour variations but always with the same characteristic pattern. It is slow moving, most active at night and hides during the day. In the mornings it likes to lie in the sun. In the early evening puff adders often lie on the tar road, especially in the beginning of winter.

When disturbed, puff adders may hiss and puff to warn of possible danger. This is where its name comes from. One should stop immediately and then retreat very slowly. When striking the puff adder is one of the fastest snakes.

For more interesting facts on the puff adder, please read the full article on Namibia Outdoor. 

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