Cape File Snake - Mehelya capensis

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Photo W. Haacke

Average Length: 105 cm Names in other languages
Afrikaans: Vylslang
Look for:
  • Flat head and thick, triangular body
  • Keeled scales
  • White to yellow vertebral stripe
  • Extensive pink-purple skin between scales


Distribution


Venom Type: Not Poisonous


First Aid

None.

Habits

A secretive, docile snake, slow moving and never attempts to bite. Empties it's bowels when captured. It will climb trees in search of arboreal snakes at night.

Food

Other snakes, even hunts poisonous species and seems immune to their venom. Also eats lizards and frogs

Number of eggs

6-10 hatching after 95 days

Reproduction

Oviparous. Lays 6-10 eggs which hatch after 95 days

Enemies

Other snakes and predatory birds.

Habitat

Savanna, coastal forest and arid regions.

 

 

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