9. THE GABOON VIPER:
The Gaboon viper (Bitis gabonica) has the largest fangs of any venomous snake, stretching and reaching a tremendous 2 inches/ 5 centimetres in length. It is also the snake with the highest venom yield and the biggest and heaviest snake in the viper family. Adult Gaboon vipers typically measure around 5 feet/ 1.5 meters in length and may weigh as much as 25 lbs/ 11.3 kg. They have a characteristically large, triangle-shaped head, and are found in forested areas throughout West, Central and parts of East Africa. Gaboon vipers are largely nocturnal and typically use deception methods to hunt their prey. They are capable of delivering a huge dose of venom, although the venom itself is not particularly toxic in comparison with that of other dangerous snake species. A single bite can be lethal, however, and anti-venom should be administered immediately. Gaboon vipers are sluggish, slow-moving snakes that rarely bite unless provoked or stepped on.