Summary details for Bitis schneideri


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Namaqua Dwarf Adder

Bitis schneideri

This is the smallest adder in the world reaching a max length of 25cm.
They occur in the coastal dunes from Luderitz to Oranjamund. Unfortunately this species is threatened by mining, off-road driving and illegal collecting.
They are considered to be mildly venomous. Bites are not considered to be life threatening.

Namaqua Dwarf Adder
Namaqua Dwarf Adder © Photo: Francois Theart
Namaqua Dwarf Adder
Namaqua Dwarf Adder © Photo: Francois Theart