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Snake files: The beautiful berg adder

Snake files: The beautiful berg adder
Picture: Johan Marais
Picture: Johan Marais

The berg adder is one of South Africa’s smaller adders, averaging between 30 and 40 cm in length. As its name suggests, it’s a high-altitude snake that occurs at elevations of up to 3 000 metres above sea level.

It’s only found close to the sea in Betty’s Bay, Strandfontein and George in the Western Cape and St Francis in the Eastern Cape.

Populations are found in four places: the Cape Fold Mountains, the Drakensberg (in Mpumalanga and KZN) and in eastern Zimbabwe.

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