Meet Our Animals > Gaboon Viper
Quick Facts
Native to Rainforests of Central, West, and East Africa
Primary Diet Small mammals (rodents, small antelope), birds
Adult Weight 18 pounds
Lifespan 8 years
Status Vulnerable

Gaboon Viper

The gaboon viper is one of the heaviest snakes in Africa. With large fangs that can reach up to 2 inches in length, they have the longest fangs of any venomous snake in the world. They average 4-5 feet in length — females are often longer than males.