Gaboon vipers live in rainforests and wet areas in parts of Central, East and West Africa.
Gaboon vipers are CARNIVORES. They eat small and medium-sized mammals and birds.
Gaboon vipers are the largest vipers in Africa, weighing more than 20 kilograms and reaching lengths of more than 180 centimeters.
Like other vipers, the Gaboon viper has strong thick muscles, rough scales and a triangular head. The biggest individuals have heads that measure nearly 15cm across at their widest point. These vipers can have a combination of light and dark brown, pink and purple arranged in diamonds and stripes along its back.
They are excellent at camouflage, their symmetrical, leaf like pattern and triangular head helps them blend into the rainforest floor by mimicking a fallen leaf.
Gaboon vipers are passive hunters, they will lie in wait ready to strike at any small creatures who pass. They will rarely bite humans, and will only strike if they feel threatened and don’t have a chance to get away.