Namibian tiger snake
These slender snakes are nocturnal, so their eyes are huge. Their venom is harmless to people.
Namib sand snake
These harmless snakes eat rodents and lizards.
Western keeled snake
This nocturnal snake looks a lot like a horned adder, but it is nonpoisonous.
Puff adders are thick, sluggish, common, and extremely poisonous. They move by rippling, like a caterpillar, in a straight line.
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.
Sidewinder (Peringuey's Adder)
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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