What they look like
These large and heavy snakes are exceptionally well camouflaged in their surroundings. Depending on region they come in variable sand coloured formations that display in chevron-like patterns running from their large triangle heads down their muscular bodies.
Probably the most widespread snake in Africa, it is also the deadliest, causing more fatalities than any other snake in Africa. These masters of camouflage grow to about a metre in length and have long fangs capable of injecting large amounts of potent venom into their victims. Unlike most snakes that disappear unseen when they sense a potential threat, puff adders will stand their ground and hiss loudly and they are not afraid to bite!
What they eat
Small mammals (especially rodents), birds and reptiles
Mainly found in savannas but anywhere, apart from extreme desert
Where they live
Widespread across sub-Saharan Africa
Habitat loss due to agricultural cultivating and traditional medicine