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Atheris nitschei

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Kingdom  Animalia
Suborder  Serpentes
Subfamily  Viperinae
Scientific name  Atheris nitschei
Higher classification  Bush vipers
Order  Scaled reptiles
Subphylum  Vertebrata
Family  Viperidae
Genus  Atheris
Phylum  Chordata
Rank  Species
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Similar  Bush vipers, Snake, Vipers, Reptile, Atheris chlorechis

Atheris nitschei is a venomous viper species found in Africa from Uganda and adjacent DR Congo to Rwanda, Tanzania and Burundi. The former subspecies Atheris nitschei rungweensis from southwestern Tanzania, northeastern Zambia and northern Malawi was elevated to species rank (Atheris rungweensis).


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The specific name, nitschei, is in honor of German zoologist Hinrich Nitsche (1845–1902).


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It is a relatively large and stout bush viper, growing to an average total length (body + tail) of 63 cm (25 in) and a maximum total length of at least 73 cm (29 in). The males are smaller than the females.

Common names

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Great Lakes bush viper, Nitsche's bush viper, black and green bush viper, Nitsche's tree viper. sedge viper, green viper, bush viper.

Geographic range

Forests of the Central African Albertine Rift, in eastern DR Congo, Uganda, western Tanzania, Rwanda and Buruni.

The type locality is listed as "Mpororosumpf, Deutsch-Ost-Afrika" [Mpororo swamp, Tanzania-Rwanda border].


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Found in wetland and meadow areas, and elephant grass marshes, along small streams, sometimes in scrub and bush in valleys at higher elevations, and in mountain forests up to the bamboo zone at 1,600–2,800 m (5,200–9,200 ft) altitude. Common in papyrus reed around small lakes.

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