Green Water Snake - Philothamnus hoplogaster

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Average Length: 60 cm.

Names in other languages
Afrikaans: Groen Waterslang

Look for:
  • Bright emerald-green back
  • Black skin between scales
  • Blueish-white to yellow belly


Distribution


 Venom Type: Not Poisonous


First Aid

None.

Habits

A quick alert snake and an expert swimmer. When hunting in grassy country, the forepart of the body is often raised to allow better vision of spotted prey. Favours damp localities such as reed swamps, riverine thickets and flood plains of lakes and rivers; excellent swimmer.

Food

Frogs, fish and small lizards.

Reproduction

Oviparous. Lays 3-8 eggs. Hatchlings are 150-200 mm.

Enemies

Predatory birds and other snakes.

Habitat

Common in moist savanna and lowland forest.

 

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