2: AFRICAN BUSH VIPER;
The Bush Viper (Atheris squamigera), most times called the “Leaf Viper”, is an arboreal snake species that inhabit the rainforest and woodland territories of Africa (Congo Basin, Uganda, Kenya…). Fundamentally nocturnal. Extremely venomous yet comparatively passive. Will defend itself when molested. Often comes to the ground to feed on small rodents, frogs and lizards. This African snake uses its tail to hang from the low lying branches and unsuspectedly strikes on its chosen meal. Usually green but adapts to the environment for survival: olive brown or rusty brown colour not uncommon.