A gaboon viper can move at 20 feet per second, and when it attacks, it’s astonishingly fluid.
In this video, a female viper finds a poultry dinner, and you get to see all the action in slow motion.
Watch as the hungry and deadly gaboon viper waits patiently for its prey before launching an incredibly accurate and speedy attack.
Did you even notice that the snake was in the leaves before it attacked the bird? Not only can this viper move fast, it’s also a master of camouflage. The color of its skin makes it hard to find in leaf-covered terrain.
That bird didn’t stand a chance, even though the viper missed on its initial strike. It quickly fixed that mistake and sunk its teeth into the prey. After only 10 minutes, the venom had killed the small animal.
Snakes like the viper are talented hunters equipped with poisonous venom and lightning-fast agility. Don’t get in the way of these creatures (but you’ll probably be bitten before you even see it anyway).