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

Puff Adder (Bitis arietans)

Here are some links to information on the Puff Adder (Bitis arietans), 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.


Common Name Family: Genus: Species: Snake bite Links Natural Habitat of the Puff Adder (Bitis arietans).
Puff Adder Viperidae Bitis arietans, Snakebite Protocols EMBL, ultimatefieldguide, Snakes of SA, SCARCE


Venom type Time Critical Danger level Main symptoms Hospital Equipment
Cytotoxic Not Critical but urgent potentially lethal hypotension/shock as well as hemolytic, coagulopathic, hemorrhagic, and local reactions.


Links to Captive Care Sheets of the Puff Adder (Bitis arietans).

Links to Pictures of the Puff Adder (Bitis arietans). David Jandzik1, David Jandzik2,  ,Google


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Last update : 01/04/2007