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Atheris matildae

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Kingdom  Animalia
Subphylum  Vertebrata
Order  Squamata
Rank  Species
Phylum  Chordata
Class  Reptilia
Suborder  Serpentes
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Similar  Atheris ceratophora, Bush vipers, Atheris desaixi, Atheris chlorechis, Atheris hispida

Atheris matildae, also known as Matilda's horned viper, is a species of arboreal forest viper endemic to Tanzania.



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It was discovered in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania during a 2010–2011 biological survey. The exact location of the viper is unspecified, to protect it from being collected for the illegal pet trade. The snake was described as a new species on December 6, 2011, in a study published in the journal, Zootaxa. A captive breeding colony has already been established by the authors of the study.


The species is most likely a nocturnal hunter, waiting by streams to ambush frogs.


It resembles Atheris ceratophora, the Usambara bush viper.

Conservation status

Matilda's horned viper occupies only a small area further threatened by logging and charcoal production.

Origin of name

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A. matildae was named after Matilda, the daughter of Tim Davenport, the director of the Wildlife Conservation Society in Tanzania and a member of the three-person team to have discovered the snake.

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