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This page is indexed on our home page under Aspect: 40. Venomous Snakes- Species and the Section: Adder - African (Vipers)

Gaboon Adder (Bitis gabonica)

Here are some links to information on the Gaboon Adder (Bitis gabonica), or Gaboon Viper, in terms of its natural habitat, care in captivity and links to pictures. You will also find the main elements relative to a bite by this species, in terms of the venom type, time response to a bite, danger level of the venom, main symptoms and hospital equipment that should be on hand to treat a bite victim, and the links on the detailed treatment of a snake bite victim and any further information that we found on the Antiserum.

Severe envenoming by a Gaboon viper (Bitis gabonica) - PDF format document from Swiss Medical Weekly, written by Kurt Markwalder MD, Consultant for Tropical Medicine, University Hospital, Zurich


Common Name Family: Genus: Species: Snake bite Links Natural Habitat of the Gaboon Adder (Bitis gabonica)
Gaboon Adder,
Gaboon Viper
Viperidae Bitis gabonica  Snakebite Protocols EMBL, SA Snakes


Bitis gabonica gabonica (DUMÍRIL, BIBRON & DUMÍRIL 1854)
Bitis gabonica rhinoceros (SCHLEGEL 1855)
Venom type Time Critical Danger level Main symptoms Hospital Equipment
Cytotoxic urgent : transport to hospital immediately high lethality potential Local swelling, blistering, necrosis + coagulopathy, bleeding, cardiotoxicity  


Links to Captive Care Sheets of the Gaboon Adder (Bitis gabonica)

Links to Pictures of the Gaboon Adder (Bitis gabonica), Snake, D Barkasy , Dr. Zoltan Takacs,Google,

Comarison Gabonica vs Rhinoceros by


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