There are currently 14 species of bitis. They are found in Africa and Southern Arabian Peninsula. These include largest and smallest vipers in the world. This is one of the snakes that start with alphabet B. Below are the fast facts.

  • Type: Snake
  • Conservation status: Least Concern
  • Weight: Up to 8.5 kg
  • Length: Up to 6.6 feet
  • Average life span: Up to 18 years
  • Gestation period: 7 months approximately
  • Preys: Mammals, birds, amphibian, lizards
  • Habitat: Rainforests, woodlands, desert, rocky grasslands


The snakes in this genus extremely vary in size. The size of the smallest specie is 7 to 10 inches while the size of the largest specie is up to 6.6 feet. The fast facts above contain the maximum values for this genus. There is great variation about actual facts from specie to specie.

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