It was then time to watch Paul and Edd skilfully handle and manoeuvre a cobra and then a Gaboon viper
, with the help of customised sticks fashioned from golf clubs.
The Gaboon viper
bites a Petri dish to release its deadly venom
The Gaboon viper
, and Bitis gabonica: hemorrhagic, metabolic, cardiovascular and clinical effects of the venom.
The West African Gaboon viper
, one of the largest in Africa and a master of camouflage, has dark spots in the geometrical pattern of its skin that are deep, velvety black and reflect very little light.
Exhibits include the hundred-pacer, the kraits, and the green habu and, for the lunar new year, a range of foreign species such as the gaboon viper
, the black mamba, and the king cobra.
It's more probable to bump into a Gaboon viper
, in which case the shotgun is OK, provided its not too late.
Guide to initial dosage of antivenoms for some southern African snake species(5) species English name antivenom initial dose Bitis arietans Puff adder SAVP 50 - 100 Polyvalent ml Bitis gabonica gaboon viper
SAVP 50 - 100 Polyvalent ml Dendroaspis polylepis black mamba SAVP 50 - 200 Polyvalent ml Dendroaspis angusticeps Eastern green SAVP 50 - 100 mamba Polyvalent ml Dispholidus typus boomslang SAVP 20 ml boomslang Naja annulifera Snouted SAVP 50 - 120 cobra Polyvalent ml Naja haje Egyptian SAVP 50 - 120 cobra Polyvalent ml Naja mossambica Mozambique SAVP 100 ml spitting Polyvalent cobra Naja nigricollis black-necked SAVP 50 - 100 spitting Polyvalent ml cobra Naja nivea Cape cobra SAVP 80 - 120 Polyvalent ml Uncertainty about the suitability of antivenom for particular species
The result is a deadly and dependable pistol that, like the Gaboon viper
, will lay in wait until called upon to strike at some aggressive troll.