Puff Adder, Why He Is the Major African Killer

Puff Adder

The Puff Adder

The puff adder is famous because of the toxicity of its poison and for its spread. It is on the list of the most dangerous snakes in the world. Although mainly spread in Africa.

It’s a short and squat snake that camouflages very well with the stones. We list him in our snakes series in the first places because this snake is causing the largest number of victims in Africa.

Puff Adder on dunes of Namibia
photo by Bird Brian

The poison

Its poison is cytotoxic and causes hemorrhagic necrosis and various types of devastations. In the case of this snake, the poison also serves to catch the prey that will be ingested only after total necrosis.
Where’s the danger of this snake? soon said. A very strong poison is injected in a massive dose. And also he camouflages very well.
Keep in mind that it usually strikes low because of the shape of its body.
The teeth 40 mm long and very strong and penetrating make three-quarters of the work.
You can resolve the bite of the puff adder with a polyvalent antidote in a hospital. ( if you arrive in time of course )

The behavior of the puff adder

Like we wrote above, he likes the camouflage. He is very good in this practice, so it is easy that people walking and disturb him very close. It stays rounded minus the part of the head. That part stays in an S position, like a spring ready to shoot.

What happens when he sees you depend from the distance between you and the snake. If you touch him or you are at small centimeters, is very probably he’ll bite you.

If you are farther probably he begins to emit the characteristic breath. It is the better situation for you, it is simply telling you “take care man! it is better to stay far from me!!”. Follow his suggestion and leave slowly but sure from there.

In conclusion

The African puff adder is present in all African the continent. This is another important reason for the numbers of people killed by him in Africa. Mamba is very more dangerous to him but he doesn’t have its diffusion.