Namibian tiger snake (Telescopus polystitus)

These slender snakes are nocturnal, so their eyes are huge. Their venom is harmless to people.

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Namib (Western) sand snake (Psammophis trigrammus)

These harmless snakes eat rodents and lizards.

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Western keeled snake (Pythonodipsas carinata)

This nocturnal snake looks a lot like a horned adder, but it is nonpoisonous.

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Puff adder (Bitis arietans)

Puff adders are thick, sluggish, common, and extremely poisonous. They move by rippling, like a caterpillar, in a straight line.

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Horned adder (Bitis caudalis)

Horned adders are short and thick, and usually have a small horn above each eye. Their colors vary. They are common. They are poisonous but their venom is mild.

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Sidewinder (Peringuey's Adder) (Bitis peringueyi)

This very small adder sidewinds to move quickly on sand dunes. Their venom is mild. They prefer to live in fine, wind-blown sand, and are endangered.

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