Full Name: Puff Adder (Bitis arietans)
Classification: VERY DANGEROUS
The Puff Adder is widespread over much of sub-Saharan Africa. It is a heavy-bodied snake that relies on its excellent camouflage and is reluctant to move.
Much of its life is spent in camouflage mode and recent research has shown that when hiding, the Puff Adder will not hiss or strike when approached, as this would give away its presence. It is an ambush hunter that will coil up into a striking position and await its prey. This can last several days or even weeks.
Puff Adder venom is potently cytotoxic, causing severe pain, swelling, blistering and in many cases severe tissue damage. Polyvalent antivenom is effective and should be administered.