oa Journal of East African Natural History - Notes on Two East African Venomous Snake Populations-Echis carinatus pyramidum (Geoffroy), Egyptian Saw-scaled Viper and Vipera hindii Boulenger, Montane Viper

Volume 1965, Issue 111
  • ISSN : 0012-8317



Opportunities for intensive regional snake study are unfortunately rare, but when possible the results can be surprising. The density of a population is dependent on environment and climate and, most important, on food supply. For a number of years Ionides (see Puku 4, in press) has been engaged in the intensive collection of two highly venomous species of snakes Dendroaspis angusticeps (A. Smith), Green Mamba and Bitis g. gabonica (Dumeril and Bibron), Central African Gaboon Viper in southern Tanganyika and with occasional excursions to the southern extremity of Lake Tanganyika for Boulengerina annulata stormsi Dollo, Tanganyika Water Cobra. He has also visited the arid Northern Frontier region of Kenya for Echis and Kenya's Aberdare highlands for Vipera hindii Boulenger.

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