Summary details for Bitis xeropaga


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You can also get help from their amazing album of infographics of the common snake species in Namibia.

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Desert Mountain Adder

Bitis xeropaga

This rare snake is endemic to southern Namibia and the northern Cape. It only occurs along the lower orange river from Augrabies to the Richtersveld and keetmanshoop in Namibia. Itinhabits sparsely vegetated mountain tops and rocky hillsides and often shelters in rock cracks on rocky mountain slopes.

The color varies and can range from dark grey to light brown with dark or light crossbars. The head has no markings. As with all adders the head is triangular shaped and distinctive from the rest of the body with raised ridges above the eye

Habitat loss, especially mining remains the biggest threat to the species.

Although they are venomous bites from this species are incredibly rare due to their restricted range. Bites are not fatal and treatment is strictly supportive.

Desert Mountain Adder
Desert Mountain Adder © Photo: Francois Theart
Desert Mountain Adder
Desert Mountain Adder © Photo: Francois Theart
Desert Mountain Adder
Desert Mountain Adder © Photo: Alta Forster