Egg Eater - Dasypeltis scabra

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Photo courtesy Paula Bolyard


No teeth

Average Length: 45-75 cm. Names in other languages
Afrikaans: Eiervreter.
Look for:
  • V-mark on back of neck
  • Inside of mouth is very darkly coloured
  • Slender body and rounded head

Distribution



 Venom Type: Not Poisonous


First Aid

None.

Habits

Although harmless and virtually toothless, when molested it will demonstrate in a frightening way by raising the forepart of the body slightly, opening the mouth to reveal its black interior; during this display it will lunge forward in repeated strikes. Spends most of day hiding beneath rocks or under loose bark. Hibernates in winter in disused termite mounds. Mimics the night adder.

Food

Bird's eggs.

Reproduction

Oviparous. Lays 6-25 eggs which hatch after 85 days. Young are 210-240 cm.

Enemies

Other snakes and predatory birds.

Habitat

Found throughout most of Southern Africa except true desert and closed -canopy forest areas. Favours termite mounds near trees.

 

Sequence of Egg eater swallowing egg
Photos courtesy Paula Bolyard

 

 

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