Fall 2002: My old partner Rob MacInnes was standing in the hot room at Glades Herp, Inc. with me, asking what I thought his newest arrivals were. They looked like some kind of new hybrid between a rhinoceros viper and a puff adder, but then I recalled something he'd mentioned a few weeks before, and guessed that they were 'those rare mountain puffs from Ethiopia'. I was staring at the first specimens of the Ethiopian mountain adder Bitis parviocula to enter the U.S., possibly ever! They averaged 2 to 3 feet in length, and were all rather dull and dingy at the time. Although I photographed a couple of them immediately (in case they all sold quickly), the shot below was taken later after one of the most boldly marked individuals shed revealing its vibrant green ground coloration.