A large, thick-bodied venomous African snake with a pair of horn-like scales on the snout, having a body richly patterned with brown, purple, and cream.
- Bitis gabonica, family Viperidae.
- For example, one of the wall panels in the exhibition shows a Gaboon viper that has captured a small antelope.
- I did once meet a nurse in the Gold Coast who had lived after a bite from a Gaboon viper, but it took her a long time to recover from the poison injected into her bloodstream, and for many months she didn't really care if she lived or died.
- Another animal sculpture in the exhibition portrays a coiled Gaboon viper threatening a growling dog; a spotted civet or genet looks on.
Early 20th century: named after Gaboon (now Gabon).
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