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McMahon’s viper – how to identify, avoid their habitat, and treatment for their bite.

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McMahon’s viper
Eristicophis macmahonii

Description: Sandy buff color dominates the body, with darker brown spots on the side of the body. The nose shield is broad, aiding in burrowing.

Characteristics: Very little is known about this species. It apparently is rare or seldom seen. This viper is very irritable; it hisses, coils, and strikes at any intruder that ventures too close. Its venom is highly hemotoxic, causing great pain and tissue damage.

Habitat: Arid or semidesert. It hides during the day’s sun, coming out only at night to feed on rodents.

Length: Average 45 centimeters (18 inches), maximum 1 meter (3 feet).

Distribution: West Pakistan, Iran, and Afghanistan.

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