Re: Gabon viper loose in Mt. Pleasant
Just did a quick scan of a couple of good websites regarding Gaboon
vipers and I've got to say that what I thought I knew about them is
probably not true.
1.) Have always heard they are very aggressive snakes, but just found
out that Gaboons are actually very Non Aggresive and there have been
several reports from noted scientists studying them in the wild, who have
stepped directly on them without being bitten. Apparently they are
not willing to quickly engage an animal much bigger than themselves.
2.) The Venom is very toxic, but the number of bites are extremely low
compared to other venomous snakes in the same area where Gaboons
are found. They have the lowest death / bite stat of any of the vipers
3.) I was saying that the extreme cold would be what it takes to kill them
off, but in fact, Gaboons dwell in heavy forrest areas of Africa and tend
to stay shaded. They like the higher humidity levels which are common in
the low country SC, BUT....Gaboons do not like extremely high heat, and
most of the captive Gaboons will die of dehydration in climates of 90 degrees
plus over several days of exposure. So the heat of Charleston in the
summer might be more of a killer of this snake, than the cold in the
winter down there.