Butterfly Viper

Butterfly Viper

The butterfly viper’s closest relative is the rhinoceros viper (Bitis rhinoceros), which has a duller color pattern, wider head, and lacks the distinct, black arrow mark on the head.

The butterfly viper’s closest relative is the rhinoceros viper (Bitis rhinoceros).

The butterfly viper has a brighter color pattern and a narrower head than the rhinoceros viper. The rhinoceros viper is also missing the distinct, black arrow mark on the butterfly viper’s head, and instead has a single dark stripe running down the back of its head.


Image | © Bernard DUPONT, Some Rights Reserved (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Sources | (Spawls, Howell, Drewes, & Ashe, 2004; The Wikimedia Foundation, 2018, 2019)

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