This snake is docile and will move off if given choice. When molested it will react violently, hissing noisily, flattening the neck and striking repeatedly. They are usually found in stone piles, termite nests or mammal burrows. If provoked it will inflate its body with air, coil its body and hiss, striking at same time. It has long venom glands extending backwards into neck region. The V on the back of the neck is characteristic, mimicked by the harmless Egg Eater
Toads and frogs.
Oviparous. Lays 12-26 eggs in summer which hatch after 75-80 days. Young 130-160 mm.
Other snakes, leguaans and predatory birds.
Favours damp moist savanna, lowland forest; seeks refuge in old termite mounds, under logs and building rubble.