The genus Atheris contains a group of venomous vipers commonly known as "Bush Vipers". They belong to Viperinae subfamily and thus have no heat sensing pits. There are currently 8 known species. Every Atheris species is venomous. The live south of the Sahara desert in Africa. Species in the genus Atheris live only in rain forests. All Atheris vipers range from 48 to 70 centimeters in length. Every species shares the same broad triangular head. The eyes are large. The are slender snakes and have heavily keeled scales. Atheris species come in a large variety of colors.
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