So I came across a certain slithery individual who I guess needed quite the mention down here… The Atheris Hispida, is a venomous viper that’s actually found in Central Africa. Check out the apparent extremely keeled scales that give it an almost bristly appearance…looks – 8.5 I guess.
Decent looking ass snake right??? Hehe, the males of this species grow to maximum length of 73 cm while the females grow upto like 58 cm. The males, lakini, are longer than the females which isn’t a norm amongst the serpentine kingdom…so much for female empowerment… The head’s got a short snout, more so in males. The eyes are large and surrounded by 9-16 circumorbital scales. Orbits separated by 7-9 scales. The nostril is like a slit and separated from the eye by two scales. The eye and the supralabials are separated by a single row of scales. The supralabials number 7-10, of which the fourth is enlarged. The body is covered with elongated, heavily keeled scales that give this species a “shaggy”, almost bristly appearance…or for you not so serious folk – laid-back. The scales around the head and neck are the longest, decreasing posteriorly. Midbody, the dorsal scales number 15-19. There are 149-166 ventral scales and 35-64 subcaudals. The anal scale is single.
And here now (for you guys who will find saying or saving ‘Atheris Hispida’ too large for your apparent grey SDcards) other names for ye folk:
-Rough-scaled bush viper
-Spiny bush viper
-Hairy bush viper
-Rough-scaled tree viper
-African hairy bush viper
And let’s just say, theoretically, one of y’all should meet up and tango with this fella…just avoid calling it ‘Hairy Bush Viper’…just in case you’ll be needing a shot of antivenom. Since that’ll likely be confused with the recently described, Atheris Hirsuta, the specific name for which means “hairy”. This snake tends to hang around Central Africa like let’s say, oh yeah DR Congo, the south-west of Uganda, and towards the West of Kenya. With a little more specificity isolated populations in Kivu and Orientale provinces in DR Congo, the south-eastern Ruwenzori, na pia huko Kakamega Forest sides za western Kenya….
These sultry animals are capable of climbing reeds and stalks, and tend to like chilling a lot during the day basking on top of flowers and terminal leaves. No surprise they are members of the nocturnal family like ummmm, everything else. They feed on mammals, frogs, lizards, birds and sometimes hunt for mammalian prey on the ground. About its venom on the other hand, present with Procoagulants and Haemorrhagins In more simpler terms, severe potentially-lethal envenoming involving a lot of pain, swelling, bruising, blistering……headache, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, tachypnoea, respiratory distress, hypotension, dizziness, collapse, convulsions and a rarity of haemorrhages and renal damage…….yaani you get the works!!!!
Still a really Ferrari-like animal…. So I guess that’s going to be it till there…well here’s to the new month!!! Haha!
Cheers!!!! #LEGALISE #SLPforchange