Steel Viper (species)

Steel Viper
(Bitis adamas arcadianica)
Creature information
Type Native
Homeworld Arcadia
Environment Grasslands
Average mass 200 kg
Average length 650 cm
Average height 20 cm
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The Steel Viper, namesake of Clan Steel Viper, is a predator native to the world of Arcadia and therefore also known as the Arcadian Viper.


The steel viper is considered one of the most dangerous creatures to inhabit Clan Space. Covered in blue scales with dark green edging, this boa constrictor-like animal also sports sharp thorns to protect it against attack. When it bites, it injects a poisonous venom capable of rapidly knocking out its prey and rendering them unconscious for up to a minute, making it easier for the snakelike creature to crush and devour man or beast. An antidote to this venom is common among the Clans.[1]

The steel viper has long been the dominant predator of the Arcadian grasslands. In the past, an attempt was made by scientists to introduce the cloud cobra in order to decimate the steel viper population. Within months however the steel vipers managed to wipe out all cloud cobra nests in their territory.[1]

Nicholas Kerensky, the founder of the Clans, used the steel viper as one of his chosen totems when naming the original 20 Clans. Thus Clan Steel Viper was born.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Classic BattleTech Companion, p. 145-146, "Creatures"