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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Berg Adder

Thanks to everyone who took part. :)

We have a lot of pipes laying in our yard at work and early one morning they came running to tell me they had found a snake in one of them. This one was about 18-20 inches long. The berg adder, also known as the Cape mountain adder (Bitis atropos), is a very ill tempered little snake, quick to hiss and strike at anything larger than its usual prey of small rodents, amphibians and ground-nesting birds.
The bite of the berg adder contains neurotoxic venom, which often affects the ocular nerves, which could cause temporary blindness, lasting from 4 to 5 days, or even up to 3 weeks in severe cases. The different stages of the blindness include double vision, dilation of the pupils and an inability to focus, followed by complete paralysis of the eyelids. The adders poison has no direct effect on the repertory system, unlike the venom of the cobras. Eyesight will return to normal with no permanent after-effects.

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