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Bitis parviocula

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Bitis parviocula
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Viperidae
Subfamily: Viperinae
Genus: Bitis
Species: B. parviocula
Binomial name
Bitis parviocula
Böhme, 1977
  • Bitis parviocula - Böhme, 1977[1]

Common names: Ethiopian mountain adder.[2][3]  
Bitis parviocula is a venomous viper species found only in south-west Ethiopia. A big viper with a broad head and spectacular geometric markings.[3] No subspecies are currently recognized.[4]


The maximum recorded length is 75 cm. However, it is similar to B. nasicornis and "probably" grows to over 1 m in length.[3]

Geographic range

Known from only three localities in the highlands to south-west Ethiopia, at altitudes of 2000-3000 m. The type locality is given as "Doki River bridge (8°20'N-35°56'E), bei Yambo (=Yembo), an der strasse von Metu nach Bedelle, Provinz Illubabor, SW-Äthiopien" [Ethiopia].[3][1]

See also

Cited references

  1. 1.0 1.1 McDiarmid RW, Campbell JA, Touré T. 1999. Snake Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, vol. 1. Herpetologists' League. 511 pp. ISBN 1-893777-00-6 (series). ISBN 1-893777-01-4 (volume).
  2. Mallow D, Ludwig D, Nilson G. 2003. True Vipers: Natural History and Toxinology of Old World Vipers. Krieger Publishing Company, Malabar, Florida. 359 pp. ISBN 0-89464-877-2.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Spawls S, Branch B. 1995. The Dangerous Snakes of Africa. Ralph Curtis Books. Dubai: Oriental Press. 192 pp. ISBN 0-88359-029-8.
  4. Bitis parviocula (TSN 634957) at Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Accessed 5 April 2007.

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