Bitis atropos

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Common names: berg adder,
Bitis atropos is a venomous viper species found only in three mountainous regions in southern Africa.


The average adult size is 30–40 cm, with some females reaching a maximum 50 cm in the wild and 60 cm in captivity.

Geographic range

Isolated populations in the mountainous areas of southern Africa: the Inyanga Highlands and Chimanimani Mountains of eastern Zimbabwe and nearby Mozambique, in South Africa along the Drakensberg Escarpments in the provinces of Transvaal, western Natal, Lesotho and eastern Free State, and in the southern coastal mountains of western and eastern Cape Province. Spawls & Branch (1995) also mention that in Cape Province, its range extends into the Cape Peninsula.

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