This is a Gaboon Viper (Bitis gabonica) in the Memphis Zoo. This snake can flatten itself for better camouflage, which can be seen in this photo. Gaboon vipers are viviparous, meaning they give birth to live young. Gestation takes up to a year! Having a wide range of eye movement, these snakes can have one eye looking forward and one looking back. Though these snakes are not aggresive nor likely to bite, each of their bites releases more venom than a bite from any other snake. I’m not really fond of snakes; I’m sort of a stereotypical female around them. However, I do find them scientifically fascinating.
- dr-elephantasia posted this