Gaboon Viper Skull Replica measures 3.5 inches. Gaboon Viper Skull Replica is museum quality polyurethane cast. Made in the USA. 2-part skull (separate cranium and jaw). Our percise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home decor skull, or office decor skull.

The Gaboon viper or Bitis gabonica is a viper species found in the rainforests and savannas of sub-Saharan Africa. It is also referred to as the Gaboon adder, Gabon Viper, Forest Puff Adder and Swampjack Viper.

Like all vipers, it is venomous. It is the largest member of the genus Bitis, and it has the longest fangs up to 2 inches in length and the second highest venom yield of any snake next to the Malaysian King cobra.

The Gaboon viper or Bitis gabonica head is large and triangular, while the neck is greatly narrowed: almost one-third the width of the head. A pair of “horns” is present between the raised nostrils. The eyes are large and moveable, set well forward. The pattern consists of a series of pale, sub-rectangular blotches running down the center of the back, inter-spaced with dark, yellow-edged, hourglass markings.

Gaboon viper or Bitis gabonica can be found in Guinea, Ghana, Togo, Nigeria, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Republic of the Congo, DR Congo, northern Angola, Central African Republic, South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, eastern Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, eastern Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and northeast KwaZulu-Natal Province in South Africa.

Because of their large, heavy body size, the adults have no trouble eating prey as large as fully grown rabbits. When prey happens by, they strike with very fast precision from any angle.

Once the Gaboon viper or Bitis gabonica strike their prey, they hang on to it with their large fangs rather than letting it go and waiting for it to die. The Gibbon Viper or Bitis gabonica snakes feed on a variety of birds and mammals, such as doves, many different species of rodents, including field mice and rats, as well as hares and rabbits.

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Additional information

Weight 3 lbs
Dimensions 3.5 in
Gaboon Viper Facts

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Viperidae
Genus: Bitis
Species: B. gabonica
Binomial name: Bitis gabonica
Conservation status: Least concern