BEWARE OF THE ADDER’S HISS
The puff adder (Bitis arietans) is a venomous snake species found in the African savannah and grasslands.
The species is probably the most common and widespread snake on the continent.
When disturbed, the snake will coil into a defensive Sshaped posture and hiss loudly, hence its com mon name “puff adder”. This sound is used as a warning signal, and it’s best not to ignore it. You really don’t want to find out why.
When they become agitated, puff adders can move surprisingly fast with possibly deadly consequences.
They have cytotoxic venom. Their bite is very painful as this venom damages tissue and destroys cells.