The World Record for the Shortest Venomous Snake

The namaqua or spotted dwarf adder (Bitis schneideri), which occurs mainly in coastal areas around the mouth of the Orange River, Namibia, has an average length of around 18-24cm (7-9.5in). It occasionally bites people, and although its venom is mildly toxic and causes local swelling and pain, it is not serious and there have been no recorded fatalities. Mainly nocturnal, the namaqua dwarf adder eats small geckos and frogs.