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  • The island parks were established to protect the breeding habitats of the Nile crocodile Crocodylus niloticus, hippopotamus Hippopotamus amphibius, puff-adder Bitis arietans, cobra Naja haje and sawscaled viper Echis pyramidum.

    Lake Turkana National Parks, Kenya

  • Whenever I hear the apologists expressing guilt and shame for A-bombing and ending the war Japan had started they ignore the cause-effect relation between Pearl Harbor and Nagasaki, I have noted that neither the effete critics nor the puff-adder politicians are among us in the assault landing-craft or the stinking rice paddies of their suggested alternative, "conventional" warfare.

    The Ahmadinejad Gambit

  • “We shot a large puff-adder, to prevent it from killing men; you may see it lying dead on the beach.”

    A Popular Account of Dr. Livingstone's Expedition to the Zambesi and Its Tributaries

  • Snakes are somewhat rare, the most dangerous being the puff-adder.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3 "Brescia" to "Bulgaria"

  • For from the open box rose the writhing forms of half a dozen big cobras, their hoods flattened and arched, vicious and ready to strike, whilst over one of the corners came gliding the broad flattened head and bloated body of a huge puff-adder.

    A Rip Van Winkle Of The Kalahari Seven Tales of South-West Africa

  • I came to a belt of jungle so dense that the only way to get through it was to creep on all fours along the tracks made by hyenas and smaller game; and as I was crawling along I saw close in front of me a deadly puff-adder; in another second I should have been on it.

    Adventures in Many Lands

  • The puff-adder is of a uniform brown colour, checked with bars of darker brown and white.

    Chatterbox, 1905.

  • Africa, sleeping soundly one night beside the fire, wrapped in his cloak, was awakened by a weight on his chest, and found to his horror that a puff-adder had coiled itself up inside his shirt.

    Twilight and Dawn Simple Talks on the Six Days of Creation

  • Mahailey wrung the necks of chickens until her wrist swelled up, as she said, “like a puff-adder.

    VII. Book Two: Enid

  • It was of most unusual workmanship, apparently Indian, being made of some kind of dark brown, mottled wood, bearing a marked resemblance to a snake's skin; and the top of the cane was carved in conformity, to represent the head of what I took to be a puff-adder, fragments of stone, or beads, being inserted to represent the eyes, and the whole thing being finished with an artistic realism almost startling.

    The Devil Doctor

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