Brown Water Snake - Lycodonomorhus rufulus

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Average Length: 45 cm. Names in other languages
Afrikaans: Bruin Waterslang.
Look for:
  • Uniform blackish-brown body
  • Vertical pupils
  • Upper lip and belly pale yellow-pink, tail darker below



Distribution


Venom Type: Not Poisonous


First Aid

None.

Habits

Nocturnal and docile, not even biting when molested. Swims very well and confined to streams and rivers.  Zulu people believe it to be very dangerous.

Food

Powerful constrictors. Frogs, tadpoles, small fish, nestlings, rodents.

Reproduction

Oviparous. Lays 6-23 eggs in midsummer which hatch after 60 days.

Enemies

Leguaans, birds and other snakes.

Habitat

Found in wet eastern half of S.A.; prefers streams, rivers, vleis and moist savanna.

 

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