Green Squamigera For Sale Bush Viper
The Green Squamigera For Sale Bush Viper is a venomous snake found only in Africa. It has a broad and flat head, distinct from the neck which is thickly covered with keeled, imbricate scales. The coloration of this snake is the same in some populations, but variable in others. The dorsal color varies from sage green or light green to green, dark green, bluish, olive, or dark olive-brown. Rare specimens may be found that are yellow, reddish, or slate gray. The scales have light-colored keels and sometimes yellow tips that form a series of 30 or more light crossbands or chevrons. On the tail, there are 10 to 19 chevrons: not always clearly defined, but usually present. The ventral edge of the dorsum has light spots in pairs. An interstitial black color is visible only when the skin is stretched. The belly is yellow or dull to pale olive; it may be uniform in color, or heavily mottled with blackish spots. The throat is sometimes yellow and the tail has a conspicuous ivory white tip. Females of this species are usually larger than males.
Diet and hunting
The diet of Atheris squamigera consists primarily of small mammals, although cases of cannibalism within the species have been documented.
A. squamigera is a nocturnal hunter and its coloring allows it to blend in with its environment and ambush the small prey it feeds on. It is equipped with two front hollow fangs through which it injects its prey with hemotoxic venom rendering it defenseless.
Atheris squamigera inhabits mostly rainforest, preferring relatively low and thick flowering bushes.
Breeding in captivity
Atheris squamigera requires a very high level of humidity to breed. In one case, males and females were kept separate from January to the end of November. Two females became gravid (with one observed mating). Each produced eight young: a smaller percentage were yellow (possible recessive gene), most being green. In each brood, there was also one nonviable green specimen. Some of the neonates fed readily on frogs, while the others had to be force-fed pinkie mice. All fed independently after a few months.
Bites from A. squamigera have resulted in at least one report of severe hematological complications as well as two deaths. Although no specific antivenom is made for the genus Atheris, antivenom for the genus Echis has been shown to be partially effective in neutralizing Atheris venom.