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The Most Dangerous Venomous Snakes: Africa

Gaboon Viper

  • Scientific name: Bitis gabonica
  • Family: Elapidae
  • Genus: Puffottern
  • Length: Up to 4.9 feet (1.5 meters)
  • Venom: Neurotoxic, hemotoxic, cytotoxic

The Gaboon viper has the longest teeth of all venomous snakes and releases the largest amount of venom. But it is considerably weaker than the venom of other venomous snakes. Still, one bite can be enough to kill a person in the wrong circumstances. However, this snake is rather timid and not especially aggressive.

Gaboon Viper Gaboon Viper - Photo: Stuart G Porter/Shutterstock

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