25 Aug 2015

Peringuey’s Adder

Peringuey’s Adder

The Peringuey’s Adder is one of the most iconic snake species found in the Namib Desert. A small, delicate snake; it is an ambush hunter, burying itself beneath the desert sand before a lightning-speed leap at its prey. It moves with a distinct side-winding locomotion, allowing it to move faster over hot, loose desert sands. Due to the snake burying itself, and the perfect camouflage it has developed; it can be easy to miss. Although a member of the viper family, it is not very venomous, with bites causing mild pain and swelling in humans.

Peringuey’s Adder