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Rhinoceros Viper

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Cahira Lee

on 5 April 2011

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Transcript of Rhinoceros Viper

1. Scientific Classification Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Viperidae
Genus: Bitis
Species: nasicornis Rhinoceros Viper 2. Description The rhinoceros viper (a.k.a the river jack) can grow to be large in size. Adults can grow to be 2 to 4 ft. in length. Some have been known to grow to be 7 ft. in length. It's head is typically smaller then its body. The rhinceros viper's head is triangular in shape with 2 or 3 "horns" above each nortril. The rhinoceros viper's coloration is a mix of various patterns and colors. The coloration of rhinoceros viper is adaptation feature. The degree of light and dark colors depends of the snakes habitat. Where it is mainly found it needs darker colors to be able to hide from predators. 3. Range Central and Western Africa 4. Habitat Rhinoceros vipers live in wetlands and tropical forest. It's rarely seen in woodlands. It has a very restricted habitat then its cousin Bitis gabonica. 5. Biology The rhinoceros viper prefers to hunt by ambush laying in wait for small mammals such as frogs, toads, and mice. Some rhinoceros vipers will spend its life laying motionless and silent waiting for something to come by its hiding spot. Between March-April a rhinoceros viper gives birth to 6-38 young at the beginning og the rainy season. Because of where it lives few bites have been reported so it is not known whether or or not it's venomous or posionous. 6. Endangered Status As of right now the rhinoceros viper is niether endangered or threatened. 7. Bibliography "Rhinoceros Viper: WhoZoo." WhoZoo Welcome Page. Web. 04 Apr. 2011. <http://whozoo.org/Anlife99/jasonlip/rhinoviperindex.htm>.

"MigratoryBirds2." Web. 04 Apr. 2011. <http://hirondellesconsult.com/AfricaRegions2.htm>.


"Rhinoceros Viper Reptiles." Reptiles: Snakes, Lizards, Turtles, Tortoises, Amphibians, and Crocodilians Resource Center - ReptileChannel.com. Web. 04 Apr. 2011. <http://www.reptilechannel.com/reptile-species/snakes-profiles/rhinoceros-viper-2.aspx>.
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