A Venomous Passion

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If you are interested in more information around vipers, their biology, systematics and venoms, you´ll find here futher literature, which is worth to read!

puff adder, viper, viperidae, bitis, atheris, echis, vipera, cerastes, pseudocerastes, macrovipera, montivipera, eristicophis, snakes

Brand new! A monograph about one of the most amazing genera in the viper family!

Africa's largest venomous snake genus, the puff adders, has always had a huge fan base among venomous snake enthusiasts. And exactly for all these interested people this book is intended.

If you want to learn a little bit more about puff adders, a lot of research is needed. The abundance of partly very scientific publications makes it very time-consuming to get a holistic overview.

This book is therefore aimed to serve as a compendium to provide both a biological insight into the genus and information on the effect and treatment of snakebites, as well as the keeping and breeding of puff adders.
On 300 pages with more than 220 pictures the reader gets a deep insight into the biology of the puff adders and a detailed description of all species.

Didactically, the book is divided into two major parts:
The general part deals intensively in six chapters with the biology of vipers in general and puff adders in particular. Topics include systematic and evolution, habitats and distribution, risks and endangerment, anatomy of the puff adders, snake venoms and their mode of action. Another chapter is dedicated to the husbandry and breeding of this special group of animals.
The special part is dedicated to the description of all 18 Bitis species. The start of this part is made by an identification key, which helps to identify a present puff adder species exactly.
The description of the species provides an overview of the name, origin, size and danger followed by the characteristics of the species. A differential diagnosis describes how to recognize the snakes quickly. Continued topics are confusability, behavior, diet, husbandry conditions, breeding, and notes on toxicity. This structure makes it easy for the reader to quickly navigate the books and compare species.
The scientific claim of this book also does justice to the interested layman, and the reference list with more than 200 entries invites to deepen into the topic.
A glossary also explains the most important scientific terms.

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The book will also be availabe at the reptile fair Terraristika in Hamm, Germany on the Saturday, 09.03.2024 in the venom room and at the Swissterraria, Brunegg, Switzerland on the Sunday, 07.04.2024.

Take a look:

  • Puffadders Risks-1
  • Puff Adders Anatomy-1
  • Puff Adder Venom-1
  • Puff Adder Bitis arietans
  • Puff Adders Bitis gabonica-1

AHN Article Biofluorescence in Bitis caudalis

 Observation of Biofluorescence in the Horned Adder (Bitis caudalis) (Squamata: Viperidae) and...
The latest obseravtion of a special phenomenon! Biofluorescence has already been observed in many marine and terrestrial animals as well. However, there are only a view observations in snakes so far.
This publication reports about the first observation in the genus Bitis and Dasypeltis in southern Africa.

Citation: Dörner T (2023): Observation of Biofluorescence in the Horned Adder Bitis caudalis (Viperidae) and Common Egg-eater Dasypeltis scapra (Colubridae) from Southern Africa. African Herp News (AHN), Vol. 82, pp.
If you are interested in the full article, just click here on download.

Articles of Interest - Further Reading

Barlow a et al. (2019): Ancient habitat shifts and organismal diversification are decoupled in the African viper genus Bitis (Serpentes: Viperidae) - J Biogeogr. 2019; 00: 1–15.

Branch WR (1999): Dwarf adders of the Bitis cornuta-inornata complex (serpentes: viperidae) in southern Africa. - Kaupia. Darmstädter Beiträge zur Naturgeschichte 8: 39-63

Gutierrez LM et al, (2017): Snakebite Envenoming. Nature Reviews Disease Primers 3, 17063

New on the list: Jensen, T.J. et al. (2019): Exploring the international trade in African snakes not listed on CITES: highlighting the role of the internet and social media. Biodivers Conserv 28: 1–19

Maritz B et al (2016): Identifying global priorities for the conservation of vipers – Biological Conservation 204: 94–102

Müller GJ, Modler H, Wium CA, Veal DJH, Marks CJ (2012): Snake bite in Southern Africa: diagnosis and treatment. CME October 2012; Vol. 30 No. 10 pp. 362-382

Wüster W et al. (2008): A nesting of vipers: Phylogeny and historical biogeography of the Viperidae (Squamata: Serpentes), Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution; 49: 445–459

Youngman NJ et al. (2021): Widespread and Differential Neurotoxicity in Venoms from the Bitis Genus of Viperid Snakes. Neurotoxicity Research,