The butterfly viper can strike with lightning speed, up to half its body length, in any direction.
When the butterfly viper gets excited, it can strike faster than the blink of an eye with extremely deadly accuracy. These snakes can strike in any direction with equal speed and their striking range is surprisingly long, sometimes as long as half the snake’s length. They are capable of striking quickly, forwards or sideways, without coiling first or giving a warning.
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• Sources | (Lipsett 2003; Rogers, 2000; The Wikimedia Foundation, 2018)