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viper

 [vi´per]
1. any snake of the viperid and crotalid families (the true vipers and the pit vipers).
2. a term sometimes used to refer to any venomous snake.
Old World viper true viper.
pit viper any of a family of venomous snakes found in North America including the many types of rattlesnakes (genera Crotalus and Sistrurus), as well as the copperheads and water moccasins (both of genus Agkistrodon).
Russell's viper Vipera russellii, a true viper of Southeast Asia whose venom (Russell's viper venom) is used in blood tests.
true viper any of a large family of venomous snakes found in Africa, parts of Europe, Asia, and adjacent islands, but not in the Americas or Australia; it includes cobras and adders, among others. Called also Old World viper, viperid, and viperine.

vi·per

(vī'pĕr),
A member of the snake family Viperidae.
[L. vipera, serpent, snake]

viper

(vī′pər)
n.
1. Any of various venomous snakes of the family Viperidae, having a thick heavy body and a single pair of long hollow fangs, especially the Eurasian and African species of the subfamily Viperinae, which lack the sensory pits of the pit vipers.
2. Any of several harmless snakes sometimes believed to be venomous.
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'Snake Man' Paul Rowley holding a Gaboon viper at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine Picture: GEOFF DAVIES
Officers who raided his home in Basildon, Essex, found scorpions venomous enough to kill humans, a gaboon viper, the most poisonous viper, and a spitting cobra among dozens of deadly animals.
The haul included an adult gaboon viper which has the longest fangs of any venomous snake, said Insp Nevin Hunter of Devon and Cornwall police.
Disruptive coloration hides a venomous gaboon viper in leaves as it eagerly waits for a meal of birds, rodents, or frogs in Africa's tropical forests.
The okapi shares the rain forest with chimpanzees, forest elephants, giant hogs, deerlike bongos, and the deadly gaboon viper.