Atheris rungweensis

Atheris rungweensis

Atheris rungweensis, Rungwe tree viper, Mt rungwe bush viper, Rungwe leaf viper

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Atheris rungweensis

Atheris rungweensis, commonly known as the Rungwe tree viper, Mt Rungwe bush viper, and Rungwe leaf viper, is a species of venomous viper found in East Africa.

Appearance

It grows to a maximum length (body + tail) of 65 cm (26 in). At midbody, it has 22–33 dorsal scale rows. The ventral scales number 150–165, and the subcaudals 46–58.

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The color pattern is variable, with a ground color that ranges from bright green to green to black. Usually, this is overlaid with a pair of yellow dorsolateral zigzag lines. A row of yellow spots on the sides of the ventral scales may also be present. Specimens from the Sumbawanga region usually have a green yellow and black color pattern. Neonates are a dark brown or gray, but with a bright yellow tail tip.

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Geography

References

1. Atheris rungweensis Wikipedia article - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atheris_rungweensis

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