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Habu Pit Viper snake – how to identify, avoid their habitat, and treatment for their bite.

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Habu Pit Viper
Naja haje

Description: Yellowish, dark brown, or black uniform top with brown cross-bands. Its head is sometimes black.

Characteristics: It is extremely dangerous. It is responsible for many human deaths. Once aroused or threatened, it will attack and continue the attack until it feels an escape is possible. Its venom is neurotoxic and much stronger than the common cobra. Its venom causes paralysis and death due to respiratory failure.

Habitat: Cultivated farmlands, open fields, and arid countrysides. It is often seen around homes searching for rodents.

Length: Average 1.5 meters (5 feet), maximum 2.5 meters (8 feet).

Distribution: Africa, Iraq, Syria, and Saudi Arabia.

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