Rhinoceros Viper

Bitis nasicornis

Similar to the Gaboon Viper, the Rhinoceros Viper is an ambush predator that relies on its cryptic coloration to camouflage it among the leaf litter of its rainforest habitats in tropical Africa. The venom of this particular species is relatively weak when compared to other Bitis species. "Relatively weak" in this context, however, is still extremely potent in the grand scheme of things and all it means is that severe tissue damage is more likely to occur than death!

All of the Rhinoceros Viper photos shown above are of a captive individual photographed in a studio setting.